Correction, ME doesn’t die — it is just so slow that it seems that way!
I started a Find Files search to check it just before I posted the previous message, and after the 5 – 10 minutes I spent composing the post, the search had finished and displayed the results.
I tried a find all in a single file, and it took a long time to do anything, but if I wait long enough it does complete — eventually.
So, the question changes to — “Why so slow on startup?”. These searches used to be lighning fast.
— Garold L. Johnson