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Re: RMAIL, MIME-related bug

From: Lars Magne Ingebrigtsen
Subject: Re: RMAIL, MIME-related bug
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2003 11:33:13 +0200
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Juri Linkov <address@hidden> writes:

>> And all that just to be able to use grep?  Why not have the mail
>> reader be able to do searches for you instead?
> Searches done by mail reader are not effective (or I'd rather say they are
> "effective" with the first letter "d", i.e. "defective" :-), because
> mail reader needs to parse MIME parts and decode base64/qp regions on
> every of hundreds messages, and repeat all this again on every new search.

Perhaps, perhaps not.  Some mailers (I've been told) generate indexes
when they receive messages.  When you do searches, the mailer looks
stuff up in the index.

Grepping several GBs worth of mail isn't very efficient.

(domestic pets only, the antidote for overdose, milk.)
  address@hidden * Lars Magne Ingebrigtsen

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