[Aboriginal] A possible solution for your email woes.

David Seikel onefang at gmail.com
Fri Sep 7 17:54:05 PDT 2012

Sending this to the list as well as you Rob, in case you need to pick
it up from the lists web archives still.

On Fri, 07 Sep 2012 14:23:05 -0500 Rob Landley <rob at landley.net> wrote:

> Sorry for the delay answering, thunderbird is totally melting down. I
> left it trying to check email for 12 hours and it failed. I can see
> this in the web archive, but not in my email.

Dunno if this will help you, but it helped me.  Mind you, for my non
thunderbird email client it was more of an annoyance than a melt down,
but the basic problem is similar I think.

The scanning for email took too long.  In your case I think you
mentioned before that the new email scan locks up thunderbird for long
periods of time.  In my case the new email scan slows things down and
locks out a few of the menus.  Which tends to only be a problem when my
'net is down and the time taken is increased by 'net timeouts.  Coz in
my case it locks out the Exit menu, and I often just want to exit when
the 'net is down.

So instead of having my email client spend a long time trying to scan
and filter a dozen remote email servers that might be down, I use
fetchmail + maildrop and a local email server to do the scanning +
filtering in the background.  My email client then just does a quick
scan of my local IMAP server, with no filtering.  All over with quickly
for the client, and no 'net timeouts to make the slowdown / menu
lockout a pain.

YMMV, but it was a big help for me.

It might also help if you finally get around to ditching thunderbird
like you keep saying you should.  B-)

As a bonus, my local email server is IMAP, so I can access it from
multiple clients and share the mail box / folder structure.  For
instance, from my new Android phone while I'm in bed or at the other
end of the house.

A big old stinking pile of genius that no one wants
coz there are too many silver coated monkeys in the world.
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