How to improve mail search from iPad and other mobile devices

Michael Menge michael.menge at
Thu Sep 18 11:27:15 EDT 2014


Quoting Sebastian Hagedorn <Hagedorn at>:

> Hi,

> Search for addresses and subject should in theory be reasonably fast  
> because the results should mostly come from the cache. We also use  
> squatter, which should help with the body searches. However, each  
> mailbox is currently squatted roughly every 24 hours. With busy  
> mailboxes I presume that leaves a large window where search will  
> have to fall back to searching every message in that mailbox, right?

AFAIK the index created by squatter is used to exclude mails that don't
contain the search pattern, so an outdated index is still of use.
Only the new messages and the files the index could not exclude will  
be searched.

Running squatter more often will result in more IO traffic during the

> We are looking into using metapartitions to move all the relevant  
> files to SSD to make access to cache and squat files faster, but  
> that won't help with "outdated" squat files, right? Would it make  
> sense to squat his mailboxes more often?
> Other suggestions?
> Cheers
> Sebastian
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