[OS X TeX] OT: Choice between Panther and Tiger
bvoisin at mac.com
Sun May 8 21:59:39 CEST 2005
Thinking about all the things that've been said about Tiger in a
week, the pros and cons, and about the people that may be wondering
whether it's worth to upgrade: one very important thing to realize is
that, as far as email is concerned, the change is irreversible.
When loading Mail in Tiger for the first time, you will be asked
whether you allow your mailboxes to be converted for use in Tiger.
The conversion is actually not trivial: for compatibility with
SpotLight, your mailboxes, which were all kept in Unix-compatible
format, as a mbox file inside a .mbox bundle, will be separated into
a multitude of .emlx files, one per message. The new organisation of
a mailbox will be, for example:
OS X TeX.mbox:
As new messages come in, the original mbox file won't be updated,
neither will be the accompanying files table_of_contents etc.;
instead, the new messages will all be added as individual .emlx files
inside the Messages subfolder.
This means that it won't be possible to easily import your mailboxes
in Mozilla or Thunderbird say, should you consider later to switch
emailer or change platform.
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