Index Gmail email with Spotlight?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Gary King, Mar 6, 2006.

  1. Gary King macrumors 6502

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    Is it possible at all to index Gmail email with Spotlight? On Windows, I use GDS, which I find useful because then I don't have to run Gmail just to find an email. I can do it through my web browser on Windows, which is always open.

    I would like Spotlight to do the same, since GDS is not available for OS X.
     
  2. elbirth macrumors 65816

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    I don't know about an official way, but since gmail now supports POP (well, it has for a while) you should be able to set up Mail.app to get your gmail and get indexed that way. There's an option to keep a copy of your mail on gmail's server so it doesn't just save it to your computer like POP mail usually does.
     
  3. Gary King thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I've tried going that route before, but Mail.app isn't good at downloading thousands of emails. I have about 15,000 email, and I tried this around August 2005, and I had to hit 'Check mail' once every 500 email or so. It wasn't very good, either, in that sometimes, I notice that some email didn't get downloaded.

    It would be nice if Thunderbird was indexed by Spotlight.
     
  4. elbirth macrumors 65816

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    hmm, interesting... I don't use Mail so I wasn't aware of its limitation, sorry. But yeah, I wish Thunderbird was indexed as well
     
  5. plinkoman macrumors 65816

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    15,000 email?? :eek:

    i've never had any trouble with mail, but i've never had that many messages to dl
     
  6. treblah macrumors 65816

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    I forgot to backup Mail once when I was doing a clean install and you are right, Mail sucks at getting anymore than a few messages from Gmail. I only had 2,000 or so but quite a few had 5MB-10MB attachments and it took forever and failed 3 or 4 times along the way. :mad:
     

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