[MlMt] Downloading only a portion of a mailbox?
mmlist-20120120 at billmail.scconsult.com
Mon Mar 8 22:28:56 EST 2021
On 8 Mar 2021, at 20:46, Jim Fenton wrote:
> I would like to use Mailmate to access the IETF mail archive that is
> made available via IMAP.
That failed miserably for me when I tried it with MM, a few releases
ago. MM isn't happy with a read-only server.
> Some of the mailing lists (folders) there are enormous. Is there a way
> to add this server and subscribe to folders with Mailmate only
> accessing the latest, say, 5000 messages per folder?
No. People have asked about this repeatedly, but I do not recall Benny
ever providing such a hidden feature, although I think he has engaged on
I think Thunderbird is the only general-purpose mail client that tries
to manage a partial cache intelligently. When last I checked, it did so
poorly, but that was years ago.
> On a related topic, how much of the mail do I end up storing locally?
All of it, in a file-per-message directory tree, plus an index that is
about 30% as large as the message store itself.
That's the price of searching multiple gigabytes and hundreds of
thousands of message on arbitrary headers and content in a handful of
> Is it just the headers, plus message bodies for messages I read, or
> does it pull everything down for me to read potentially offline? In
> this situation, I’m happy to sacrifice the offline capability to
> save time and space.
Storage is cheap. The time spent to download messages is a one-time
cost, traded for the time you would otherwise spend looking for mail
based on a limited subset of headers
That means that MM isn't ideal for how everyone works with email.
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