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Fix message counts and 'ghosts' in Mail's smart mailboxes
Authored by: moritzh on Aug 30, '05 01:46:35PM

Good summary of how things work with Mail.app and Spotlight. Your explanations match well with what I experienced.

For smart mailboxes that search both full text and headers, it uses a combination, searching the spotlight index and then searching the results agains the sqlite database -- in fact there is an issue in Mail (up to 10.4.2 at least) where it will always perform this as AND (all criteria must match) ignoring the OR (any criteria may match)

Thanks especially for explaining that, this is one of the things I referred to in the hint when I said that smart mailboxes/Spotlight in Mail.app in many configurations just seemed to buggy/unreliable from my experience to depend on.



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