#320 ✓closed
David Crippen

Limits of data

Reported by David Crippen | January 15th, 2013 @ 03:48 AM

How much data (in the form of mail) can be collected in the "deleted mail" and "sent mail" folders before the weight starts screwing up the system? Is there a way to "save" mail off the application and start over clean when it gets heavy"

Thanks in advance.

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  • benny

    benny January 15th, 2013 @ 08:28 AM

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    It depends on machine/memory. I know some users have several hundreds of thousands messages in MailMate (in total), but in general I would not recommend more than about 100.000. The number of messages in a single mailbox is not a problem. The total number is the bottleneck (“All Messages”). Deleted messages are not part of “All Messages” and therefore takes up less resources than sent messages.

    You can export messages by dragging them out of MailMate. They are saved in the standard email format. This is also how they are stored by MailMate internally which means you can copy them directly from the application support folder, but you should never remove messages that way.

    Some users have long term archives in Mail Steward (no affiliation). Personally I would prefer having everything on IMAP, but then again I don't have a million messages (yet).

    MailMate can be forced to rebuild its indexes, but it should not be necessary in general. It happens automatically over time.

    I hope that answers your question.

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