GNU Mailutils Manual (split by node):   Section:   Chapter:FastBack: Introduction   Up: Introduction   FastForward: Mailbox   Contents: Table of ContentsIndex: Function Index

1.2 A bit of History, and why use this package?

Editor’s note:

The information in this node may be obsolete or otherwise inaccurate. This message will disappear, once this node revised.

This package started off to try and handle large mailbox files more gracefully then available at that time POP3 servers did. While it handles this task, it also allows you to support a variety of different mailbox formats without any real effort on your part. Also, if a new format is added at a later date, your program will support that new format automatically as soon as it is compiled against the new library.