Maybe the database structure just sucked

I remarked after installing Windows Live Mail this past weekend:

WLM doesn’t have a database structure; it saves each item as an individual file. I’m guessing that this will make life easier, at the expense of disk space.

Maybe not. The Retained folder, which is usually my largest, took up 74.1 MB as an Outlook Express .dbx file.

With the same number of items (5,702) stored as individual .eml files, as WLM is wont to do, total space used is 67 MB.

We will not entertain questions as to why I am retaining 5,702 emails. (Actually, there are way more than that, but this is the generic retention folder; there are others.)


  1. McGehee »

    2 September 2009 · 7:53 am

    I’ve stopped using Thunderbird in favor of a Firefox plugin called Simple Mail. It lacks some of the features Thunderbird has, but for my volume of e-mail it’s as close to a perfect fit as I’ve stumbled across. Sort of a no-frills cross between a client-side application and webmail. And I get a version of that default e-mail-as-file thing.

    It doesn’t have a junk-mail filter though, so I was having to deal with a lot of spam at first — but that’s because I turned the “default address” function back on at my server, and was thus getting bounces on all the spoofed addresses spammers (MTBIH) use. So I changed the default to my Gmail address and put its spam filter on the job. Heh.

  2. fillyjonk »

    2 September 2009 · 8:10 am

    “retaining email” sounds painful. I wonder if Pfizer makes something for that.

  3. CGHill »

    2 September 2009 · 8:48 am

    It’s a rediuretic.

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