File locking of mboxrd-format mbox file

Kurt Hackenberg kh at
Sat Jun 29 22:48:28 UTC 2019

On 2019-06-28 23:24, Frank Watt wrote:

> I'm looking at the getmail documentation...

> BTW, Is "mbox" the standard abbreviation of Mboxrd or is it something 
> else?
Mbox is not a single file format; it's a family of related formats, all 
partially incompatible. The original form, and many variants, damage 
messages slightly. Most of the major variants were attempts to reduce or 
eliminate the damage to messages.

Mboxrd is one of those variants. It was invented by Rahul Dhesi, about 
1995, about 20 years after mbox was invented.

Mutt automatically reads most variants of mbox. With file locking, 
getmail and Mutt should be able to use mbox together.

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