On Sat, 05 Feb 2011 12:23:51 PST, Lyndon Nerenberg said:
Adding the index/cache files to the native MH file store would make most MH commands blazingly fast, the obvious benefits being to scan and pick.
I've seen this idea several times, and I always have the same question - how would we deal with index/cache synchronization? One of the reasons I'm still using MH/exmh is because the one message per file paradigm means that you can do interesting things with regular Unix commands - except if you screw up and use /bin/mv or /bin/rm rather than refile and rmm, you end up with the index no longer matching reality. This may be easier to deal with on recent Linux kernels, where you can use stuff like the inotify facility and leave a process running to catch such activity and clean up the cache. But that's hell on portability....
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