i am running Lion on my Mac Pro and Mountain Lion on my MBP. in addition to Mac Mail i have been running Sparrow. i am also familiar with Thunderbird having used it in the past.
i am on IMAP with a GMail, iCloud, and my domain based email accounts.
i have a long running and rather curious problem with mac mail search. time and time again if i enter a term into Mac Mail Search i do not get any results or only get search results for something that i am not looking for (usually they appear accurate in what they are reporting but since i am not seeing what i am looking for i am not looking too deeply into this. more often than not if i don't get a result in the
"From" pulldown i will try a pulldown to "All Message" or whatever the All category says.
OTOH, if i put this exact same term in Sparrow a result pops up immediately.
for instance if i use "tasha" i will get a result for "firstname.lastname@example.org" in Sparrow and i can select this and see all the emails she has sent me but noresult in Mac Mail.
any techies able to explain whether i can catalog mail search results in some way?
this has been a long running situation but i will say that i changed something recently just in case i am missing something. i am forwarding mail to an "All@mydomain.com" account that is only put into Sparrow, even though all the accounts that are in this domain are put into Mac Mail. so, the email shows up in both the account it was sent to (and shows up in Mac Mail in this account) but it /also/ shows up in the "All" account put into Sparrow. i did this in order to minimize the number of accounts that Mac Mail and or Sparrow were asking my server to show because there is an issue with my web host where Mac Mail "pings' the site and leaves open processes. this is a very long story (and should be fixed by Mac) but in the end i cannot see why this should affect Mail Search results and it existed prior to my having to do this anyway.