are you using /var/mail?

Kragen Sitaker kragen at
Wed Jan 20 13:13:24 PST 1999

On Wed, 20 Jan 1999, Stuart Anderson wrote:
> Ideally, from an ABI perspective, applications wouldn't need to know the
> path at all. They would have an API in a shared library to use to access
> and manipulate the mail folders.

Well, somewhere there needs to be a fairly stable interface.  Whether
that's a shared library or a name and fileformat in the filesystem
doesn't matter all that much, although a shared library gives you more
flexibility in how you store the underlying data.

> I haven't looked closely, but I think that the c-client library comes
> close to doing this.

I've heard tell that the c-client library is grossly inefficient.

<kragen at>       Kragen Sitaker     <>
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