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SubjectRe: Linux 2.4.21-rc6
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Hi Marc.

> I just had mutt > freeze cold on me though for ~15 sec when
> it tried to open my debian-devel mbox (rather large file)
> while brag was beating on the drive.
>
> <whimper>

I used to get the same effect when I asked pine to open the
Linux-Kernel mailbox on my system. I long since cured that by
having procmail split Linux-Kernel mail into multiple mailboxes,
one for each calendar week.

The basic problem there is that any mail client needs to know
just how many messages are in a particular folder to handle that
folder, and the only way to do this is to count them all. That's
what takes the time when one opens a large folder.

Best wishes from Riley.
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