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Gmail POP3 cap?
Down to 10 messages per download

 7:48 pm on Mar 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

I have a gmail account which has been used as a message dump for a few years, and has built up a few hundred thousand messages.

I started to download them all a few days ago - they were starting to be downloaded in chunks of 250ish or 500ish - which is fine, don't expect everything to be done in one lump.

However, the past 48 hours or so it's been severely restricted to 10 messages per go - at this rate it's going to take a week, rather than another day or so.

any ideas? is there a limit?



 10:10 pm on Mar 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

and as if by magic, it sorts itself within an hour of posting.

maybe a temporary throttling was in place.


 9:32 am on Mar 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

And now, it's not downloading anything; having stopped at around mid last year.

I can only assume it's to do with the large number of emails being downloaded. However, I'm not receiving any error messages.

very frustrating.


 2:42 pm on Mar 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

Figure I should give the solution to my last whinge.

I got round by doing a few searches within the date ranges of emails i had already downloaded - e.g. 1/1/2006 to get 12/31/2004 through to 12/31/2006(ish).

Then I deleted all of the messages which were within the time range.

Then changed gmail to download all messages, even ones already downloaded - as it will skip trash.

once all emails were downloaded up to date, i changed email to only emails from now on, and restored the deleted emails back to inbox.

fiddly, but not too much hassle for half a million emails.

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