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Mailbox conversion

Converting from uw-mailboxes (mbx) to Unix format (dovecot)

It took me by surprise how the mailbox formats had changed, when I switched to Dovecot which is the best IMAP/POP3 mail program, in my opinion. It handles large (enormous) mailboxes with many (hundreds of) users. Caching makes things go fast again.

Here is a simple bash utility, to take all users, and convert all mailboxes & folders.

cd /home
for u in *
do
if [ -d /home/$u/Mail ]; then
echo "User: $u"
cd /home/$u/Mail

Tools: What file system?

On Linux, you have a plethora of File Systems available.

Recently I was testing databases (MySQL, MariaDB) especially with ThreadPool against a Violin Flash Memory Array, and I forgot what file system the LUN was mounted (and formatted) as.

There are two ways to find out:

  • df -T (show mounted life systems, along with the FS type)
  • file -s /dev/xxx (show more details about a FS node)
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