slow kmail

Gene Heskett gheskett at
Sat Nov 17 12:25:40 UTC 2012

On Saturday 17 November 2012 07:14:29 O. Sinclair did opine:

> On 17/11/2012 00:05, Gerald wrote:
> > On Fri, 16 Nov 2012 12:16:36 PM Paul Stear wrote:
> >> Hi all,
> >> Since updateing to 12.10 kmail has been very slow. When I click on an
> >> email from the list I then have to wait 1-4 minuets while the screen
> >> says Retrieving Folder Contents  Please wait...
> >> This is driving me crazy,
> >> Has anyone else experienced or solved this?
> >> 
> >> Thanks for any help
> >> Paul
> > 
> > Hi Paul,
> > I use PCLinuxos and kmail2 runs very slowly on this distro as well. I
> > think KDE has not got this working properly yet.
> > I have tried older versions of kmail ie, kmail1 and it definitely runs
> > about 10X faster.
> > Gerald
> You are not saying if it is IMAP or pop3 accounts or what, can you see
> the CPU spiking and so on?
> There are ways to deal with KMail problems but a general "it is slow"
> comment is difficult to assist

Well, now on that point, I find I MUST stop it and restart it at 2 or 3 day 
intervals if it is to remain nice & snappy.  If I don't restart it, then by 
3 weeks, tapping the numpad + key takes it 5 seconds to even acknowledge 
that keypress and another 10 to show me the next message.  And using the 
arrow keys to go back and correct a typu becomes very frustrating because 
by the time you see the cursor move, there are 200 key repeats in the 
buffer, so its far faster to grab the mouse and try to hit the character 
that I fat fingered and fix it.

As for getting Ingo K. to ack that there is a problem, rotsa ruck on that 

IMO, for general usability, kmail still blows TB out of the water despite 
that.  Even when its slow, it Just Works(TM) given sufficient time.

But perhaps this might be looked into if a whole mailing list lights up 
about it. 

Cheers, Gene
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