[nos-bbs] JNOS, maildir instead of mbox, *global* mail - comments ?

Maiko Langelaar maiko at pcs.mb.ca
Mon Jun 14 21:52:11 EDT 2010

Some time in early 2009, I wrote something along the line of :

> This goes along the same line of thought as GLOBAL mailboxes :

>   What if I could connect to any NOS, FBB, MSYS, whatever system
>   and simply direct a mail to a callsign (ie, VE4KLM), instead of
>   to VE4KLM@#WPG.MB.CAN.NOAM ? Our callsigns are **UNIQUE**, so why
>   bother with the #WPG.MB.CAN.NOAM or somewhere.someplace.com ?

> Winlink has it that you simply send to the CALLSIGN. Again, I have
> seriously been thinking about a global system where we just scrapt the
> suffix, so that the mail is truly GLOBAL, not local to a particular
> system. People have suggested a central IMAP server with IMAP proxies
> distributed globally and then have *participating* NOS systems link
> into that system. OR something along that line.

> That stuff truly exites me.

I have been looking into this again lately, and the big obstacle that
stands out to me is that JNOS is using MBOX format for the mail. Just
looking at the locking code is enough to give me a headache.

Now, if it were a MAILDIR based system instead, I think it would be
immensely easier and much less complicated to implement this idea of
global mailboxes within the JNOS software.

Any comments ?

Please, I'd like to hear people's thoughts on this.

Maiko Langelaar / VE4KLM

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