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Re: [opensuse] KMail on 12.3
  • From: "Carlos E. R." <robin.listas@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2013 14:49:19 +0200 (CEST)
  • Message-id: <alpine.LNX.2.00.1308261443100.9215@minas-tirith.valinor>
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El 2013-08-26 a las 08:15 -0400, Anton Aylward escribió:
Carlos E. R. said the following on 08/26/2013 07:59 AM:

I find Maildir inefficient. :-p

+1 for the appropriate definition of 'efficient'.

Actually I think that's wide enough. Maildir consumes inodes and I've always found that its difficult to get a good balance of inodes to data with the ext? family of file systems. Rather than waste time doing admin work fiddling and rebalancing (If I wanted to be an IBM/CICIS system administrator I wouldn't have chose UNIX) I use ReiserFS and BtrFS. They work, are robust, don't need fiddling with for journalling and crash recovery - the "just work". Every time I use ext? I get hassle with inodes vs data. Maildir rather that mbox will just aggravate that.


I keep a largish local nntp storage (from opensuse nntp forum) with leafnode, stored on a reiserfs partition, and it takes a huge time to do a local text search. Millions of files to look at.

Btrfs? I don't know how it compares to reiserfs in terms of small files.

Dovecot is another one of those wonderful programs that once you set it up 'just works'.

Yep. Well, I have to do some adjustements for the new version, though.

But what struck me was how that site admin _boasted_ of how he had to be there tuning and tweaking as the load profile & demand changed though the day, and more. Fun for Geeks, yes, but when I look at the overall trends in business its about getting things done. Part of the selling point of tablets and smartphones and some of the pre-Balmer versions of Windows was that they "just work".

Indeed fun, but not for a job: it becomes routine and boring. Computers should be better than people at routines.

I realise that there are many people out there who enjoy fiddling with the guts of systems; I do too. But that isn't the way production systems in business should be run. They should 'just work' and keep working. They need to be stable and predictable. No surprises. No need to fiddle and tune and optimise.


- -- Cheers
Carlos E. R.

(from 11.4, with Evergreen, x86_64 "Celadon" (Minas Tirith))

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