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  Googling Your Email
Subject:   IMAP search
Date:   2002-10-10 21:19:29
From:   anonymous2
IMAP has built in search capabilities. If you have a decent idea of what you're looking for (sender, key words, date range, etc) and a client that supports IMAP searches, it's relatively trivial to find the exact message you're looking for. Google-style indexing may simply be a waste of resources (imagine trying to do this on a corporate mail server with thousands of users).