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Re: Indexing Gnus (and other...) mails

From: Richard Riley
Subject: Re: Indexing Gnus (and other...) mails
Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2009 16:00:32 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.92 (gnu/linux)

Ronan Keryell <> writes:

> Tassilo Horn <> writes:
>> Ronan Keryell <> writes:
>> Hi Ronan,
>>> I'm looking for an efficient solution to index my mail that becomes a
>>> huge issue: around 30 GB since 1987...  I've played around with beagle
>>> and tracker with no success, except spoling my processors for weeks
>>> and 10 GB of index that was never completed...
>> You could try mairix (+ the gnus nnmairix backend).  According to its
>> homepage, it should be quite fast while indexing.  (But still 30GB is
>> quite a lot...)
> Thank you!
> It is a quite good suggestion! I'm going to dig into
> I've tried it but it failed quickly with a "Out of memory (at
> rfc822.c:439, -1538 bytes)" whereas it was only using around 200 MB of
> memory (I have 3 GB RAM + 8 GB swap available...). I do not have time to
> investigate right now but I will try in 2 weeks.
> It sounds like a 32-bit bug or limitation on the tool...
> BTW, 30 GB is not a lot, it is only 2.28 € at 0.076 €/GB now in
> France. :-) It is far less than the cost of all the people that kindly
> reply to my answer and the time I'm spending on this issue... :-)

I think he meant it's rather a ridiculous amount of email. Even 20 years
of email amounting to 30 Gig is a LOT for a single person ! Are you sure
you remembered to delete all the "oh so funny" emails with hugs
powerpoint attachments :-)


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