On Sun, May 08, 2005 at 05:32:56PM +0100, Paul Jakma wrote:
> On Sat, 7 May 2005, Liam Bedford wrote:
>> >You've reminded me. My UML box at bytemark had / mounted noatime.
> >Mutt couldn't figure out what was going on with my mail at all at
> >all. It kept telling me there was new mail in every folder. So mutt
> >uses atime.
>> Odd, why can't it use mtime?
> Mutt should know when it's updated a mail (eg to unset a 'NEW' flag
> when you read a mail) and be able to maintain its own 'my-mtime', so
> if it notices the file mtime change from its internal 'my-mtime' ->
> new mail.
That doesn't handle the case of "I've just started mutt, I want to know
which of my 20 mailboxes has new mail"; mutt compares atime with mtime,
and if mtime is later the mailbox has new mail. As far as I know most
Unix mailers perform the same checks. Mutt could update a cache with
the last time it accessed the mailbox, but that wouldn't be
interoperable with any other mailer, whereas atime is.
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