Mac Mail not searching message content - HELP!

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  1. Black ICe macrumors newbie

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    Mail has abruptly ceased searching the contents of messages. It only searches the subject line and recipients in the search bar.

    Of course, I went to Google and the Mac Rumors forums to search for a solution, finding this and this (should I be posting this thread in Lion by the way? My last Mail thread did okay in this forum, but that linked thread was in the Lion forum :confused:).

    Instead of bumping the old topic, I thought I'd create a new thread - if I should bump the 1-year old topic, let me know.

    I've tried:

    • Deleting the 3 envelope index files (twice)
    • Rebuilding my mailboxes
    • Restarting my Mac
    • Reindexing Spotlight (ongoing - it will take nearly 2 days, and my computer, being a laptop, needs to be closed to take to work, so it quits the indexing process. I won't get time to index it without closing it until the weekend.)

    Perhaps most peculiar of all is that when I delete the Envelope Index files, the first search in the search bar only lets me search content. I click the search bar, it says "Message contains (keyword)," but shows no results (one of the times I deleted the envelope index files, it did show a result! - only to instantly disappear seconds later). Then, I search it again, and it only searches under "People" and "Subject."

    I'm running Mac Mail 5.3 and Lion 10.7.5 on a MacBook Pro.

    I rely heavily on this search function for work - so I really need help! :(
     
  2. needfx macrumors 68040

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    time to migrate to thunderbird
     
  3. Black ICe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm seeing a lot of performance issues with it on CNET (although this could be a Windows-exclusive issue). I just need something dependable. I never thought Mac Mail would choke like this. The spotlight/search feature is a selling point of Mac to me.

    If I need to change email clients, so be it... but I'd like to see if anyone has any ideas for fixing Mac Mail right now. :( I've tried the other 'alternatives' - Sparrow, Postbox, etc. and Mail was the best for my needs.
     
  4. needfx macrumors 68040

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    Sorry, no info on Mail, though, you could just download it and try it out until Mail gets back on its feet.
     
  5. Rippeddisc macrumors newbie

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