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Lion ate ALL my Mail

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  • Oki Calculating status...
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    Nov 9, 2011 9:32 AM (in response to W@ers)

    W@ers wrote:

     

    All mails and accounts settings are back in place !! Thanks !!

     

    The old ones and the new ones?

  • W@ers Calculating status...
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    Nov 9, 2011 10:57 AM (in response to Oki)

    The old ones, new ones and preferences setup.

  • Oki Level 2 Level 2 (210 points)
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    Nov 16, 2011 8:37 AM (in response to W@ers)

    The new ones including those which are not anymore on my email provider server? Thanks for all your help. I want to be sure everything will be ok.

  • W@ers Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 16, 2011 9:18 AM (in response to Oki)

    Seems like I have everything after that exercise and I have both smtp and pop accounts. Good luck !

  • BourneCS Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 6, 2011 8:46 PM (in response to cp_whaley)

    I don't know how Apple has failed so hard with Lion.  I've had nothing but crashes, freezes, inexplicable moments when the screen doesn't turn on, my MBP wakes when I close it sleeps when I open it. And then this mail thing just happened to me the other day. Needless to say I am extremely dissapointed...even with my now 23 second shutdown.  Feels like I'm running Windows Vista again. But at least there was a way to fix this mail thing! Yay for people that continually try to fix problems we all have to live with. 

  • tiffanysteinert Calculating status...
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    Jan 2, 2012 1:08 AM (in response to cp_whaley)

    ...make sure Mail has been forced to quit and go into Finder>GoTo>~Library/Mail/...

    ...and move the Mail folder with everything in it to your desktop.

    Restart Mail

     

     

    I did this and everything opened nicely and all my mail was magically there!!! Thank You cp_whaley!!!

  • Oki Level 2 Level 2 (210 points)
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    Jan 2, 2012 11:41 AM (in response to tiffanysteinert)

    Ah...I've been lazy, or I'd rather have this conversation in french... I still did not do anything.

     

    @tiffanysteinert, where did your preferences go ?

     

    And for the more complete version, when you put

     

    ~/Library/Mail/

    ~/Library/Mail Downloads/

    ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.mail.plist

    ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.mail.searchhistory.plist

     

    on your desktop, how do you get your preferences back?

     

    Sorry I wish I had understood everything I need, but not yet

  • tiffanysteinert Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 11, 2012 4:18 PM (in response to Oki)

    @ OKi, I removed the entire folder and all of it's contents to the desktop! And when I opened mail everything opened up and was there just as it was before.

  • CVP_1 Calculating status...
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    Jul 28, 2012 4:18 AM (in response to markfromlynchburg)

    Mark's solution seems to have worked - thanks Mark!!

  • sambeary Calculating status...
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    Dec 19, 2012 12:56 PM (in response to cp_whaley)

    I asked this same question months ago in another board and never got a response - I just happened upon your solution and it fixed my problem within a few minutes. THANK YOU!!! You saved me a trip to the Apple store at Christmas time!!!

  • oae__ Calculating status...
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    Aug 7, 2013 1:26 AM (in response to cp_whaley)

    Had the *same* problems. Old mailboxes got imported/transformed, then Mail was started but with no window visible (only the menu bar).

    Mail would crash on pressing command-0 or on navigating to  'Mailbox -> Got to favorite Mailbox' menu.

    The console logs showed only

         8/7/13 9:59:40.116 AM Mail[2827]: *** -[NSSet initWithArray:range:copyItems:]: array argument is not an NSArray

    and

         8/7/13 9:58:21.606 AM Mail[2827]: An exception occurred during invocation of -[MailboxesController _writeSmartMailboxesToDisk]

     

    Removing the 'Enveloper*' files did not help. The mailboxes just got imported freshly by producing the same situation afterwards.

     

    What finally solved my problem ?

    Removing

         SmartMailboxes.plist

         SmartMailboxes.plist.backup

         SmartMailboxesLocalProperties

         SyncedSmartMailboxes.plist

     

    Afterwards the window appeard, old mailboxes and messeges did exits!

     

    PS: Not sure if i really had to remove all of this files. Removing only the first 3 did not help alone. Only after deleting the 4th the problem went away.

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