[OpenAFS] maildir on openafs

Robert Banz rob@nofocus.org
Tue, 8 Apr 2008 09:25:06 -0700

On Apr 8, 2008, at 9:16 AM, Christopher D. Clausen wrote:

> David Bear <David.Bear@asu.edu> wrote:
>> I seem to distantly recall some discussion about storing maildir
>> directories on openafs, but I don't remember if it was safe,
>> discouraged, or otherwise problematic. Any one see problems with
>> putting maildir in afs?
> I've delivered email directly into AFS and it seems to work for a  
> small
> number of users.  I understand that problems arise from hosting many
> mailboxes and the number of callbacks to clients when files /
> directories get updated with new mail.
> Do you intend to have an SMTP server write directly to AFS?  Or end- 
> user
> run clients write downloaded email into AFS?

I ran a optimized-for-afs maildir at my site for a couple years. It  
was a great improvement over delivering to berkeley-style mailboxes in  

However, I highly recommend deploying a *real* mail solution (e.g.  
Cyrus), and not deliver mail into AFS or user's home directories.