thunderbird at ~30% cpu

James Freer at
Wed Aug 22 18:45:29 UTC 2012

On Wed, 22 Aug 2012, Ric Moore wrote:

> On 08/21/2012 07:08 PM, James Freer wrote:
>> On Wed, 22 Aug 2012, Jared Norris wrote:
>>> On 22 August 2012 06:39, James Freer < at> wrote:
>>>> On Tue, 21 Aug 2012, Thufir wrote:
>>>>> On Mon, 20 Aug 2012 09:38:11 +0100, sam tygier wrote:
>>>>>> on my netbook i get huge cpu usage from thunderbird due to the
>>>>>> animated
>>>>>> progress bar. if i hide the status bar ( View->Toolbar->Status bar ),
>>>>>> then the cpu usage drops off almost completely.
>>>>> Yeah, I notice that most complaints about thunderbird are from laptop/
>>>>> portables.  Dunno why, but it stopped.  I guess it was re-indexing or
>>>>> something, seems to have stopped.
>>>>> -Thufir
>>>> Was this on imap? I found that too if it was. I also found Evolution
>>>> gave
>>>> similar trouble. As a result i gave up using a graphical email
>>>> client, tried
>>>> Mutt and settled with Alpine. Alpine i must say i think is superb.
>>>> james
>>> After the initial sync (which is obviously required if I want access
>>> to older mail) I've never had issues. You have to expect the initial
>>> sync to take a bit of effort, it's generally downloading a fair amount
>>> of data and trying to keep it catalogued for you to see what's there.
>>> --
>>> Regards,
>>> Jared Norris
>> What i found was that it was slow initially as you say but then when one
>> actually reads several emails it's still a bit slow compared with text
>> only clients which are instant.
> Are they using imap as well?? I use pop via gmail with thunderbird, and once 
> things are dnloaded they are instantaneous as well. Luckily I don't share my 
> email with other devices, so pop works just peachy for me. Ric

Hi Ric

Just out of interest what are the pros-cons of using pop compared with imap. I 
don't know - other than i belong to a large number of IT lists, yahoogroups dog 
lists etc. So i thought imap was best as i can scan through emails and delete 
without downloading... pop i thought downloaded all which i've thought would 
have quite an impact on my broadband allowance.


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