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KMail: heavy disk reading for a long time.

I'm looking astonished at iotop right now. KMail (1.13.3, KDE 4.4.4) 
reads from the disk on the order of 8 to 12 MByte/s. There is nothing 
obvious it ought to do. Nothing at all related to any user action. I've 
even set it to "Work Offline".

Looking at things with strace, apparently KMail is very busily reading 
my mail folders (MBOX and cached IMAP). After about 90 minutes of 
frantic activity, it has stopped. Not finally, unfortunately. The 
activity commences when I restart KMail.

Can anyone give me a hint what is happening? Is this supposed to enhance 
my user experience in some way?


Michael Schuerig

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