Thus said Ken Hornstein on Tue, 13 Feb 2018 10:09:07 -0500:
> But Bernstein ignored MH because he was not trying to invent a MAILBOX
> format, he was trying to invent a mailDROP ... really, I went back and
> looked. Yes, I know people now use Maildir as a mailbox, and I think
> that's weird, but it wasn't his intention.
As a longtime (and current) qmail user, I'm interested in understanding
this argument more in detail; e.g. where did you go back and look to
support the claim that he was trying to invent a maildrop?
Reliable: qmail's straight-paper-path philosophy guarantees that
a message, once accepted into the system, will never be lost.
qmail also optionally supports maildir, a new, super-reliable
user mailbox format. Maildirs, unlike mbox files and mh folders,
won't be corrupted if the system crashes during delivery. Even
better, not only can a user safely read his mail over NFS, but
any number of NFS clients can deliver mail to him at the same
That certainly seems to me that he intended for it to replace a MAILBOX
format (unless perhaps I misunderstand what is meant by it).
Which again would seem to indicate that it was intended to be a mailbox
and not just a maildrop; here again, it's entirely possible that I
misunderstand the difference to which you alluded above, but I would be
interested in what you found that suggests it was intended solely as a
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