[MlMt] Dealing with MailMate disk usage

Raza Rizvi raz at raz.org
Wed Feb 24 11:05:38 EST 2021


One of the nice things about MailMate is the great search options and 
instant response, but that comes at the price of having a local copy of 
your email, and no doubt many of you have multiple mailboxes, as I do.

So on my 250GB SSD root volume I have just about 50GB now used by 
MailMate and I am fast running out of disk space. So I thought since 
“/Users/xxx/Library/Application Support/MailMate/Messages” is an 
alias pointing at the mail store of “/Users/xxx/Library/Application 
Support/MailMate/Messages.noindex” this would not be a problem. I 
could just copy the mail store to a different external SSD and have a 
new alias to it (called Messages).

Some hours later, having made the copy (and deleted the original because 
of the afore mentioned lack of space), I restarted MailMate. It bombed.

Copy the files back to the “Users/xxx/Library/Application 
Support/MailMate folder, recreate the original alias, no problems and 
MailMate starts up.

Anyone have any suggestions why this did not work?


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