Slow LIST command

Rob Siemborski rjs3 at
Mon Dec 16 13:05:29 EST 2002

On Mon, 16 Dec 2002, John Alton Tamplin wrote:

> Is the recommendation for skiplist compared just to flat or to db3 as
> well?  If the latter, how is reliability compared to db3, and does that
> extend to the other uses besides mboxlist?

skiplist is recommended above all the other backends for the mailbox list.
If I were to rank them, I'd rank them:

1. skiplist (best)
2. flat
3. db3 (worst)

Berkeley DB being the default was an unfortuinate choice, and this is
being fixed in 2.2.

Note also that these rankings are only for the mailbox list, other
databases have different priorities, and have different recommendations
(there's several posts on the mailing list about this, so look it up in
the archives).


Rob Siemborski * Andrew Systems Group * Cyert Hall 207 * 412-268-7456
Research Systems Programmer * /usr/contributed Gatekeeper

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