[OpenAFS] mail spool on AFS

Jason Edgecombe jedgecombe@carolina.rr.com
Sat, 01 Dec 2001 10:45:56 -0500


  concurrent access to a file is EXACTLY what I'm talking about. The
mail spool for our site uses one big mail file, not the maildir style of
mail spool. All I know is that pine, dtmail, and others where changed to
use the IMAP server to avoid the problem. It seems to work.

Jason Edgecombe

Craig_Everhart@transarc.com wrote:
> AFS is pretty clunky for concurrent access to a file, which is what I
> think you're talking about.  The AFS trick is that if you ever fail to
> get a lock on a file, you have to close the file and re-open it to get
> the semantics correct.
> Probably pine doesn't do this.  It's not generally necessary on a single
> machine, but it's one of the screw cases with concurrent multi-client
> access in AFS.
> Complications like this are one of the reasons that systems I've used
> have embedded separate messages in separate files.
>                 Craig