[ILUG] A (?) naive solution to accessing work email from home
kevin+dated+1039101829.4be108 at ie.suberic.net
Sat Nov 30 15:24:03 GMT 2002
On Sat, Nov 30, 2002 at 10:31:41AM +0000, Ronan Waide wrote:
> On November 29, kevin+dated+1039020949.edc648 at ie.suberic.net said:
> > i'm not going to convert my mail archives to maildir. i've got over
> > 150,000 messages. they currently take up 200 inodes and 300+megs.
> > maildir would inflate both those numbers.
> In all honesty, with diskspace at the current prices and the fact that
the server my mail is on is a compaq proliant server. disks for that
are more expensive.
regardless, my current setup works 99.9% of the time. to a large degree
i've used this setup for over 10 years (bar a small departure to mh for
a few years). in fact the last time i *only* had web access was over
a year ago.
so going out and buying more disk, reorganising my mail, changing the
format of many of my mail folders *just* to use an application that i
might use for ten minutes a year is, well, stupid. for all that effort,
i might as well write an imap server and offer it up to people.
yes it's more effort, but it seems more worthwhile then 10 minutes
(at best) of email access per year.
> to be frugal with disk space, but it's a shame to throw away useful
> tools like IMAP because of it.
and i'm not saying i want to throw away imap. i'm saying that current
imap implementations force you to do things their way. the uw guy
has a philosophical objection to maildir. the courier people have an
objection to mbox. cyrus have their own db. none of them support the
user organising their mail files in a per user configurable way.
all that said, i'm *not* going to go through imap when my disk is local
(or nfs mounted on a 100mb/s network). that's just silly. that's like
flying from boston to atlanta via chicago. yes, people do it, but it
just seems needlessly wastful. (to update for european geography - but
not flight schedules - it's like flying from dublin to madrid via berlin)
 cpan has a pop3 server, imap client and several mailbox parsing
utilities, but no imap server implementations. so it will take
longer then i thought.
kevin at ie.suberic.net dante hicks: but you hate people.
fork()'ed on 37058400 randal graves: yes, but i love gatherings.
meatspace place: home isn't it ironic?
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