"An SQL database might be a good idea if your client (eg. webmail) used it directly and the database's schema was specifically designed for the client. But for [an] IMAP server which needs to be able to do many things and restricted by the way the IMAP RFC requires things to be done, SQL just sucks."It's because of this that I am wary of email systems, such as Runbox and Zimbra [*], that use an SQL-based message store. Runbox and Zimbra might have perfectly wonderful web-based email clients, but these systems are probably going to suck when large mailboxes are accessed by regular IMAP clients.
[*] For details about the Zimbra architecture, see ZCS Architecture and Components in the Zimbra wiki.
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