Uli's Web Site
[ Zathras.de - Uli's Web Site ]
Other Sites: Stories
Pix
Abi 2000
Stargate: Resurgence
Lost? Site Map!
 
 
     home | blog | moose | programming | articles >> blog

 Blog
 
 Archive
 
 Blog Topics
 

15 Most Recent [RSS]

 Less work through Xcode and shell scripts
2011-12-16 @600
 
 iTunesCantComplain released
2011-10-28 @954
 
 Dennis Ritchie deceased
2011-10-13 @359
 
 Thank you, Steve.
2011-10-06 @374
 
 Cocoa Text System everywhere...
2011-03-27 @788
 
 Blog migration
2011-01-29 @520
 
 All you need to know about the Mac keyboard
2010-08-09 @488
 
 Review: Sherlock
2010-07-31 @978
 
 Playing with Objective C on Debian
2010-05-08 @456
 
 Fruit vs. Obst
2010-05-08 @439
 
 Mixed-language ambiguity
2010-04-15 @994
 
 Uli's 12:07 AM Law
2010-04-12 @881
 
 Uli's 1:24 AM Law
2010-04-12 @874
 
 Uli's 6:28 AM Law
2010-04-12 @869
 
 Uli's 3:57 PM Law
2010-04-12 @867
 

More...

Speeding Up Mail really works!

There's been a lot of posting about speeding up Mail.app by rebuilding its envelope index recently. Until now, I didn't jump the bandwagon, because I've heard of such tricks numerous times that turned out to be placebos.

Then, recently at work, Mail.app refused to find any results using Spotlight. So I remembered all these tricks and thought I'd try whether that fixes my Spotlight searches. And what do you know, it did. Mail had been very slow to launch and switch between folders (especially switching to the Inbox or other folders that aggregate contents of their sub-mailboxes), and that was also faster now.

So, if you have problems searching in Mail.app, or it's just generally abysmally slow, you may wanna give this a try. Obviously, this won't make your hard disk faster or keep your Mac from swapping if you have too little RAM (and it seems like less than 1GB is already too little these days), but maybe it'll just slightly speed up things.

Oh, just in case the link breaks, here's how to rebuild your mail index using Terminal.app:

% cd ~/Library/Mail/
% sqlite3 Envelope\ Index
SQLite version 3.1.3
Enter ".help" for instructions
sqlite> vacuum subjects;
sqlite> 
^D
(That "^D" is what you get when you type Ctrl-D, which is how you close sqlite once it's finished rebuilding the index)

Reader Comments: (RSS Feed)
itistoday writes:
Sweet! Thanks a bunch this works wonderfully!
Comment on this article:
Name:
E-Mail: (not shown, hashed for Gravatar)
Web Site URL: (optional)
Comment: (plain text only)
Please Enter the following word:
Or E-Mail Uli privately.

 
Created: 2007-04-14 @310 Last change: 2014-09-02 @825 | Home | Admin | Edit
© Copyright 2003-2014 by M. Uli Kusterer, all rights reserved.