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From "Robin Bankhead (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (MAILBOX-199) Maildir support for Windows
Date Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:56:25 GMT

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Robin Bankhead commented on MAILBOX-199:

Hi Eric, we discussed this a little before but I'm still not sure of it. 

As you say, in "normal" (non-Windows) conditions, everything behaves just as before: the bits
I've added such as the retries and System.gc() calls only fire when we're on Windows.

When on windows, the config *needs to* change from the standard; it simply won't work otherwise.

That being the case, what is there for a user meaningfully to configure, other than specifying
what alternate character is chosen? Would enough people care about this to justify it?

> Maildir support for Windows
> ---------------------------
>                 Key: MAILBOX-199
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/MAILBOX-199
>             Project: James Mailbox
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: maildir
>         Environment: Windows 7 Professional
>            Reporter: Robin Bankhead
>         Attachments: james-server-winmaildir-v5.patch
> Propose that Maildir be supported under the Windows platform. To my knowledge, the only
technical bar to this is that maildir uses the colon (":") character, which is an illegal
character on the NTFS (and I believe also FAT*) filesystem.
> The Maildir standard document[1] that this project refers to, specifies a colon (although
quite obliquely). The "standard" clearly was never aimed at use on Windows, but its benefits
as a format strike me as sufficiently great that a small deviation is justifiable in order
to include it with James and thus increase platform-portability.
> The below patch alters message-naming so that, instead of a literal colon, the local
system's path separator character (java.io.File.pathSeparator) is used in each case, giving
a colon on *NIX and a semicolon (";") on Windows. (Critique of this particular methodology
is welcome.)
> It also includes a quick fix for an issue encountered with file locking on Windows, which
calls System.gc() on that platform. There may be other issues like this; I'm searching for
them currently.
> [1] http://cr.yp.to/proto/maildir.html
> Discussion about this issue: http://www.mail-archive.com/server-user@james.apache.org/msg14542.html

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