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Re: OT: Email client recommendations?

  • Subject: Re: OT: Email client recommendations?
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@schestowitz.com>
  • Date: Thu, 07 Jul 2005 05:15:33 +0100
  • Newsgroups: alt.html
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / Manchester University
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[Per Leif K-Brooks:]

> My mother needs a new email client. I've had her using Mozilla Mail for
> a while, but it doesn't seem to handle large quantities of email (she
> has tens of thousands of messages spread over dozens of folders--not my
> fault, she refuses to delete any of it) very well:
> - It loads an entire folder of email into memory when it's opened, and
>   doesn't release the memory when the folder is closed.
> - When a compact operation is stopped in the middle (which happens often
>   for her since compacting takes so long with the amount of email she
>   has), it creates huge folders with names nstmp-###.
> - If compacting isn't done regularly, it spends hours rebuilding summary
>   files. She can't use her email while it's doing that, either.
> Needless to say, I want the new email client to support large quantities
> of email better than Mozilla does. Also, it should be
> Windows-compatible, and easy enough for her to use it. Linux
> compatibility would be nice (I've been trying to convince her to make
> the switch for years, and I still hope to some day), but it isn't a
> requirement.
> Any suggestions?

[(PeteCresswell) wrote:]

> Dunno about tens of thousands, but my InBox currently has 3,520 messages
> in it with no apparent problems.
> alt.webmaster currently has 6,893 messages - no problem.
> I'm using  Forte' Agent  2.0.
> The only negative I can think of is that it's possible to inadvertantly
> change the method of screen presentation with a single combination
> keystroke and it's not at all intuitive how to get it back to the way
> that's become near and dear.
> Other than that, I'm as happy as a clam with it.
> Seems like almost 10 years now....

KMail, which I used almost exclusively, had poor handling of folders too so
I moved over to Thunderbird which handles large folders (totalling around
10,000 messages) very well and opens them instantly. It generates .msf
indices from .mbox archives only the first time (after installation and
import) and from there onwards it's quick.


Roy S. Schestowitz

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