Finding messages in huge mboxes

Bastiaan Welmers haasje at
Fri Feb 6 12:02:00 CET 2004

Diez B. Roggisch wrote:

>> Anyone who has a better idea?
> AFAIK MUAs usually use a mbox.index-file for faster access. The index is
> computed once, and updated whenever a new message is added. You could
> create this index quite easily yourself by looping over the mbox and
> pickling a list of tell'ed positions. If you also store the creation-date
> of the index and the filesize of the mbox-file, you should be able to
> create a function that will update the index whenever the underlying mbox
> has changed. Another approach would be to perform index-creation on
> regular bases using cron.
Also good idea. It's a mailman archieve so then I have
to hack mailman for creating an index file besides the
mbox file.


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