File locking of mboxrd-format mbox file

Frank Watt youngoldbloke at
Sun Jun 30 08:27:58 UTC 2019

Thanks for that clarification.

On 30/06/19 10:48 AM, Kurt Hackenberg wrote:
> 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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