Speed up your Mail.app!!

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  1. vicicasas

    vicicasas Active Member

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    This is the best hint I've come across in a long time. My Mail.app went from frustratingly molasses-slow to amazingly snappy (then again, I've got 4 bloated mailboxes).

    Go to http://www.hawkwings.net/2007/03/01/a-faster-way-to-speed-up-mailapp/

    I kid you not, my Mail app went from a 10-bounce, fifteen second launch time to literally one bounce and -- BAM! -- instant Inbox. Fantastic.
     
  2. chairman

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    anak ng.... naunahan mo ako vic ha! I tried this and it worked! More than opening Mail, accessing my different mailboxes is so much faster.

    This tip is so good I had to post it at The After Mac ASAP.
     
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    whooah, that was fast! thanks for sharing.
     
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    This is a fantastic tip! Thanks for sharing Vic!
     
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    thank you so much for the tip!
     
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    in the age of intel processors and universal binaries, mail.app always seemed to be a few steps behind performance-wise. not anymore. great tip!
     
  7. elbert

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    Thanks for posting, Vic. I found the tip yesterday at Hawk Wings, but wasn't completely convinced to try it. After reading your post, I quickly fired up terminal and followed the instructions.

    Wow, what a performance boost. Mail doesn't' even bounce (it's more like a hop). Scrolling, loading large message, heck, even system Spotlight is instant (I guess Mail was dragging it down all the time).

    Great tip!
     
  8. renzo

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    Zips like a charm.
    Thanks for the great tip :D
     
  9. Fidel

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    HOLY S**T! That was quick! Even my messages loaded in a flash. Thanks vic!
     
  10. XyNo

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    Great tip. My Mail is zippy fast now :D
     
  11. booblanco

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    Apparently, this trick doesn't survive restarts. You'd have to do it all over again every boot.

    I'm posting the procedure here in case Hawk Wings takes it down:


    A faster way to speed up Mail.app

    1. Quit Mail.

    2. Open Terminal.

    3. Type the following:

    cd ~/Library/Mail [press enter]
    sqlite3 Envelope\ Index [press enter]

    An sqlite> prompt will appear.

    At that prompt, type vacuum subjects; [press enter]

    After a short delay, the prompt will return. Press Control-D to exit.

    4. Restart Mail and enjoy the extra speed.



    from: http://www.hawkwings.net/2007/03/01/a-faster-way-to-speed-up-mailapp/
     
    #11 booblanco, Mar 3, 2007
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2007
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    How do you type the command in the terminal? When I try it, it says command not found , more specificaly (-bash: sqlite3: command not found) :(
     
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    This is truly an amazing tip. Very, very helpful. Thanks a lot for sharing this! :D
     
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    Then it pays to never restart. haha.
     
  16. renzo

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    Mine does. Even after a restart.
     
    #16 renzo, Mar 3, 2007
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    Great tip! Thanks! Buti nalang I don't resart that much. ;)
     
  18. paparazzi

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    Awesome tip Vic! Thank you!!!
     
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    Gadzooks! Thanks for sharing! Mail just flies now!!!
     
  20. Jeff

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    before: 1-2 bounces before opening
    after: half a bounce
     

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