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An unexpected perf feature
LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 16, 2013
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so not all information and not all headers.
it normally needs to download sender, date received, message size and subject for somewhere between 30 and 60 messages.
this is a far cry from downloading all header information for a folder with 10's of thousands of messages in it.
this does assume that you are using a decent IMAP mail server that can support things like server-side sorts, etc.
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