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FIXED: Mail went from 40s to open to 3s
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: April 17, 2022 01:44PM
Passing on this tip in case someone else ever runs into this issue. A month ago, Mail started taking 40 seconds or more to open. I keep Mail tidy and lightweight, deleting any emails older than 18 months, removing attachments, not too many rules, etc. so never had this issue before.

Remembered seeing something in the Onyx app, so opened it up, and sure enough, they have a Rebuild Mail index (or a Delete Mail index), and chose the Rebuild and restarted. Mail now opens in under 3 seconds.

Onyx continues to rock. And still free (I'm on M1 Mini on Monterey 12.3.1)



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Re: FIXED: Mail went from 40s to open to 3s
Posted by: btfc
Date: April 17, 2022 02:49PM
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Re: FIXED: Mail went from 40s to open to 3s
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: April 17, 2022 03:17PM
Yeah, rebuild is built-in.
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Re: FIXED: Mail went from 40s to open to 3s
Posted by: Fritz
Date: April 17, 2022 07:14PM
rebuild is built in, but I have found that Onyx seems to do a better job in that Mail isn't dumb the next time I open it after letting Onyx do it.
YMMD.
Onyx once every 3 mos or so id like a good dental check up.



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Re: FIXED: Mail went from 40s to open to 3s
Posted by: Drew
Date: April 18, 2022 12:48AM
I've fought this problem in Mail on Big Sur. Frustrating. There's a long thread on MacUsers about it.

[forums.macrumors.com]

Doing as directed in the following post has helped me. But it seems to only last for about a month or so.

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Killing (force quitting) the 'fseventsd' service manually via Activity Monitor stopped the long open time for Apple Mail for me. Apple Mail on my M1 MBA had started taking 1-2 minutes to open. It's been driving me crazy for weeks. I've tried all the previous tips, like deleting ~/Library/Mail/ (a.k.a. ~/Library/com.apple.mail/), removing preferences, and disabling extensions, but nothing worked until I saw this post about 'fseventsd' service.
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Re: FIXED: Mail went from 40s to open to 3s
Posted by: jdc
Date: April 18, 2022 02:09AM
Still on Catalina apple mail, recently paired it down from 230 GB archive to about 70 GB. thousands of attachments received and sent. My sent box was 80 GB all by itself. (still cant figure it out, I've deleted everything from sent and its still 12 GB)

Even on my 2014 iMac, no more than 1 bounce to open. years and years of emails, maybe 100000 emails, at least 50 rules.

its POP, since iMAP cant handle my workflow, so maybe faster cause it doesn't hit a server first?

I still don't like Catalina getting rid of headers "sort, date, size, etc" -- huge kludge, but have learned to live without it.





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Re: FIXED: Mail went from 40s to open to 3s
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: April 19, 2022 07:49AM
I'd done that internal Mail rebuild, but the problem persisted. I'd bet that Onyx uses the same process as the Mail rebuild, but only Onyx worked for me. It's really delightful to have Mail opening again at 2 or 3 seconds.



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