Re: [Evolution] Errors receiving mail via POP

Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
Any distributed system is subject to partial failure, i.e. one part
stops working or loses communication with another part. If data is in
the process of being moved between the two parts when that happens, the
designer has to decide between allowing data to be lost and opening the
possibility of duplicating it. Systems which aim for reliability
invariably choose the latter option, because the mess can always be
cleaned up later. Sometimes the cleanup is automatic (e.g. transactional
databases, many remote filesystems) and sometimes it's "manual" (i.e.
visible to the end user). AFAIK all email systems fall into the latter
category because a) it's not that big a deal, and b) doing it
automatically would be complicated and could introduce other errors.


It's not hard to think on an IMAP server where the client is moving the
emails using MOVE, the server is storing the files in maildir and thus
it simply performs a rename() and the underlying filesystem is journaled
(nothing fancy, just ext3 would do) and makes rename(2) atomic even in
case of a server crash.

Sometimes it's not hard to make things that work properly. But then
nobody would notice :)

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