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Why do I have two instances of Mail open at the same time?

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Nov 24, 2011 12:14 PM

I have Mail set to launch on login.

However, if I click on the Mail icon in the dock before the automatic launch starts, I will get two instances of Mail running on my machine!


I know I should know better, but sometimes I just automatically click it.

Surely the OS should know better also?



  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    CSOC wrote:


    Surely the OS should know better also?


    Surely the OS should know better than automatically launching all previous programs as it takes just too dam long to boot the computer.


    And the OS should know better than reversing the scrolling on default, enabling auto save and all the other stupid ideas in Lion.


    I understand if there is going to be some new sort of always on hardware that all these things make perfect sense, but to enable them on present hardware was a real dumb move.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,330 points)

    I tried to recreate the effect you are describing, but I never can launch more than one instance of on both my Lion MacBook Pros.


    Can it be that you have installed twice on your system? Check with Spotlight.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,330 points)

    Your activity Monitor shows that both Mail processes use a different amount of RAM. Do both processes have show an open Application Window, or is one process only a background process?

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,330 points)

    yes both have their own window, i can delete mail in one window and that app's dock icon will show remaining 'to be read' messages number, which will now be different from the other 'Mail's icon


    Better be careful, that looks like you may create inconsistent mailboxes this way and may loose mail, or worse.

    I can't recreate the effect, even with starting Mail from shell and aplescripts in the login items. Are you running Lion 10.7.2?


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