[Pine-info] Pine/PC-Pine 4.64 update?
vjl at cullasaja.com
Tue Oct 30 11:58:51 PDT 2007
On Tue, 30 Oct 2007, Matt Ackeret wrote:
} If you keep email on an IMAP server, how would you be risking anything?
} (yeah I guess this is mostly a vote for using an IMAP server..)
Oh, I *do* use an IMAP server [UW's of course]. But what if an MUA does
something such that it corrupts the currently viewed mailbox? I've got
over 7 GBs of e.mail on my IMAP server, and though it is backed up
daily/weekly/monthly, there's still a chance that corruption could affect
a mailbox that hasn't been backed up yet.
I do use procmail to do 'instant' backups as well [in fact, before Pine
sees any e.mail, it first gets gziped into particular files, then
delivered to its destination]. But I'd rather not live on the "bleeding
edge" with regards to using an MUA for production purposes.
I've had corruption occur once since I began with Pine back with v3.83 [i
always thought i started w/ v3.89, but i was using pine before dec, 1993].
Granted that corruption occurred with PC-Pine [which i used for 9 months
in 2000 in a Windows-only Exchange environment], but it left an
everlasting impression. Yes, Exchange != IMAP, but I don't know if it was
PC-Pine or Exchange that caused the issue. Could something similar happen
with a beta of *any* MUA using IMAP? I remember early versions of
Evolution, which caused my IMAP server to beg for mercy [and i was doing
as i suggested above, and testing Evo on a test account that contained
copies of everything in my main account].
I *do* test a lot of software, fill out bug reports, etc. I have no
problem trying out Alpine, as I know many people with more e.mail than me,
using it. My problem is that I don't want to be 'forced' to use an alpha
release MUA as my primary MUA. Nobody is forcing me to do that, of course,
but if bugs/security patches are only being applied to Alpine, a young,
not yet beta program, and not being applied to Pine, a mature, stable
program, that seems to be to be unfair to those who are simply waiting for
Alpine to be blessed as "version 1".
I hope that made sense, and I thank you for listening [and for producing a
kick-butt IMAP server and MUA].
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