NNTP and thunderbird-related lists

Dan Mosedale dmose at mozilla.org
Fri Jul 30 20:31:35 UTC 2010


  On 7/30/10 12:55 PM, David Bienvenu wrote:
>  On 7/30/2010 12:15 PM, Dan Mosedale wrote:
>>> - POP3 or IMAP servers are much slower in downloading a larger 
>>> number of
>>>    messages than a dedicated NNTP server. So I have to wait much longer
>>>    to take a look at the contents of a mailing list compared to a 
>>> newsgroup.
>> That's an interesting point.  I wasn't aware that that was true these 
>> days.
> Usually, an NNTP server spits out XOVER headers by streaming from a 
> file stored on the server, and has a very compact representation for 
> those headers. POP3 and IMAP don't have such an efficient mechanism 
> for getting message headers (IMAP has an envelope command, but we had 
> to stop using it because enough servers impls were broken that we were 
> just hurting our users).
Interesting.  When did that disabling happen?  Is there any chance that 
server impls have gotten better in the time since that was last tried?

Dan




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