Searching in Airmail Mac is very, very slow

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11 Dec, 2017 06:56 AM

Let's get this out of the way first: I love Airmail. It's rough around the edges, but I really love it.

But the search functionality is really horrible. It is slow. very very slow. Each time I try to find an email, I try Airmail, but it either brings the wrong results or doesn't do anything for 10s>, at which point I open up the native Mail client and type the same search and always get the right result within second (or sub-second) times.

This occurs on both the Mac and iOS clients. I have a Gmail, Exchange, iCloud, and IMAP account set up and am happy to try to provide as much information as required.

This issue has been raised earlier as well, but my call is slightly different, so I don't want to hijack that thread.

  1. 1 Posted by jeremy.d.bernst... on 12 Dec, 2017 06:21 PM

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    Hear hear. If Airmail weren't so good in most other ways, the search would have caused be to abandon it long ago. As it is, I am searching constantly for a worthy replacement. For instance, Canary Mail has blazing fast search and looks good, but is missing a few features I rely on in Airmail. Fix the search, please, it's awful.

  2. 2 Posted by KSP on 19 Dec, 2017 08:04 PM

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    I second this … I'm almost about giving up on it, it's so unresponsive!

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Airmail on 22 Dec, 2017 06:39 PM

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    please cklick 3dots button > more > send logs
    we are working on the search
    for some users is not working properly if you are interested send logs and write in this post

  4. 4 Posted by Oscar on 03 Jan, 2018 09:45 PM

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    Same here, very very slow! Don't get any results.

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Airmail on 16 Jan, 2018 03:32 PM

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    please cklick 3dots button > more > send logs

  6. 6 Posted by Paul on 06 Mar, 2018 07:45 PM

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    There isn't a three-dot menu on Mac.

    Also seeing this problem. Search should be super fast since it's all local.

  7. 7 Posted by Joram on 07 Mar, 2018 04:27 PM

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    Same here, totally unresponsive, was in contact via chat with your support staff but no help and no answer as of 6 hours later...

  8. Support Staff 8 Posted by Airmail on 07 Mar, 2018 09:41 PM

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    preference>account>more> rebuild message cache

  9. 9 Posted by danita on 12 Mar, 2018 04:03 PM

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    I'm a little reluctant to clean my cache, since I have a LOT of mail - but also, I'm thinking I need to start over to possibly clean some things out after years of use. I have LARGE files in Airmail - icons.db 4GB, bloopsearch2.db over 2 GB in one of my accounts, etc. If I clean the cache, will these files be recreated? Right now I have 22 GB total in the Airmail folder. I actually also have to use another program for searching, but so many things I like about Airmail keep me using it. Among all of the mail apps, I probably have half of my hard drive used up :-) - I guess I need to clear some things out!!! But I need a searchable client.

  10. 10 Posted by Richard on 27 Mar, 2018 02:58 AM

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    I just rebuilt message cahe and now almost no emails are showing up :((((((
    Loved airmail before this.

  11. 11 Posted by Anton Iakimov on 28 Jun, 2018 04:15 PM

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    Hi there!

    Have the same issue. I like an Airmail client but search in unreliable (I use web Gmail for search).

    Is there any fix or workaround for this?

    BTW, does anyone know a good macOS client with fast search?

  12. 12 Posted by Darren King on 04 Jul, 2018 03:50 PM

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    The search function is pretty much unusable! Often sits with wheel spinning for 5 minutes or more before finding some, but often not all matching emails. I have archived all emails before beginning of 2018 so I really don't understand why this is such and issue. Apple Mail search works almost instantly on more than 4 years worth of mail!

  13. Support Staff 13 Posted by Airmail on 04 Jul, 2018 08:38 PM

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    rebuild the message cache

  14. Airmail closed this discussion on 04 Jul, 2018 08:38 PM.

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