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The Grumpy Editor's guide to graphical mail clients

The Grumpy Editor's guide to graphical mail clients

Posted Jun 29, 2004 22:54 UTC (Tue) by jwb (guest, #15467)
In reply to: The Grumpy Editor's guide to graphical mail clients by dlang
Parent article: The Grumpy Editor's guide to graphical mail clients

I haven't used any of these other clients lately but Evolution works pretty well with huge mailboxes. I have IMAP folders in excess of 100,000 messages and, aside from the initial downloading of the headers, it's surprisingly fast. During the slow operation of downloading headers Evolution does provide status messages, as well.

I've found Evolution can open an IMAP folder much more quickly than mutt can open the same maildir. I don't know if it's evolution that's much better than mutt, or if the efficiency is due to Courier IMAP. Either way it's plenty fast.


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The Grumpy Editor's guide to graphical mail clients

Posted Jun 30, 2004 18:41 UTC (Wed) by jzbiciak (subscriber, #5246) [Link]

If you have 100000 messages in maildir format, it might actually be the<I> kernel </I>slowing you down, reading through that directory. You might google around and look for ext2 performance stats on huge directories. That's what spawned all that dirhash stuff awhile back.

The Grumpy Editor's guide to graphical mail clients

Posted Jun 30, 2004 18:57 UTC (Wed) by jwb (guest, #15467) [Link]

Yes I agree, dirhash is the best. But the point is that it's much faster to read exactly the same maildir using Courier IMAP than it is to read it using mutt.

The Grumpy Editor's guide to graphical mail clients

Posted Jul 1, 2004 16:27 UTC (Thu) by wcooley (guest, #1233) [Link]

If you use Cyrus IMAP, you can also enable the "squatter", which builds full-text indexes of messages in your folder, so even searching a very large folder takes only seconds. A good IMAP client will determine if the IMAP server supports server-side searching. Evolution does; I don't know about any of the others.

The Grumpy Editor's guide to graphical mail clients

Posted Jul 10, 2004 22:21 UTC (Sat) by chbm (guest, #12065) [Link]

Evolution uses index caches, that's why it feels so fast until you have a mailbox that's touched by other MUAs.
In your case IMAP feels much faster cause Courier preopens the mailbox. You're just moving the burn to the server.


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