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Date 2015-11-13.22:35:48
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st_nlink is not related to the number of messages in a folder. It is a number of hard links.

If the filesystem supports hard links counting for directories, every directory (except /) has at least two links: one from its parent directory, and one from itself (via "."). Every subdirectory adds yet one hard link via "..". Non-directory files don't create hard links.

Typical mail folder can contain thousands of messages and none or only a few subfolders. Subfolders (if there are any) usually are created before messages and hence encountered first in directory listing. Hereby the optimization can have significant effect.

If there is a real case when st_nlink != 1 and is less then a number of subdirectories + 2, we should consider removing the optimization.
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