[Mageia-dev] Thunderbird disk storage way up
ftg at roadrunner.com
Fri Apr 22 13:18:35 CEST 2011
In the last week or so, I've noticed my backups have about tripled in
size. Looking into it, the culprit is a 106MB file in the Thunderbird
directory called global-messages-db.sqlite. The Mail directory totals
about 118MB, so I'm guessing that the entire Mail repository is being
mirrored in a database, probably triggered by my recent use of "Search
There doesn't seem to be a config option to control this "feature", so
I'm guessing it's a build option that just got turned on, if it's an
option at all.
If this can be turned off, we may want to consider it. One of the
purposes of the Unix mail file scheme is to isolate frequently-changed
folders from seldom-changed folders, so that incremental backups don't
pick up the entire mailstore every day (as with systems like Outlook).
If Thunderbird is going to replicate the entire mailstore in a database
and maintain the database in parallel with the mail folders, this goal
goes to hell in a handbasket.
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