Mail.app a major memory hog?

ayeying

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Like really. It's on the top of my list right now. I tried closing it and restarting it and it still have a high memory count. It's higher then my firefox which has 30 tabs opened.

Anyone know of it's designed this way? or I have too many RSS feeds? I only have 5 RSS with 1 Gmail IMAP account on it.
 

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robbieduncan

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Mail has an Activity window of it's own. It shows you what it's up to at any given time: open that and see what it's doing. It might be doing something that uses a lot of RAM right now that will complete and the usage will go down.
 

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fwiw, I don't think 185meg for an application is a huge amount these days. I've seen a whole lot worse under OSX (and windows for that matter). I wouldn't call OSX a very svelte or lean OS, and to that point, many apps typically grab a lot of memory as well.
 

ayeying

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Well, normally I don't mind a program using a lot of memory but it's actually becoming to the point where mail takes a few seconds to load the mail or RSS feed... and that's actually becoming a bother.
 

maflynn

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A few seconds?

Well, I'd not worry too much about a few seconds but that's just me :confused:
 

ayeying

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A few seconds?

Well, I'd not worry too much about a few seconds but that's just me :confused:
Sorry, I mean like it takes a few seconds for anything to happen. Opening an e-mail or RSS feed takes a few seconds, takes a few seconds to refresh the inbox, other folders, new email, etc. This is on an SSD drive too..
 

phobofan

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Huge Memory Hog

I have no idea why the Mail.app sucks up so much memory. Last count on my machine was 1GB real memory and 1.5GB virtual.

The memory usage creeps up very quickly. This is a serious issue that Apple should address. However the discussion thread there (http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=10661502) doesn't address it at all.

It is such an issue that working on the computer is prohibitively slow with Mail running. The only way to have a reasonable experience is to have Mail off. I don't know about you all but working without email handy is not the computing experience anyone can be happy with.

Any thoughts on solutions, aside from throwing out Mail.app?:(

MBP 17"
OS 10.6.1
2.33 GHz C2D
3 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
 
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