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.
...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.
I did this and everything opened nicely and all my mail was magically there!!! Thank You cp_whaley!!!
Currently Being ModeratedJan 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
on your desktop, how do you get your preferences back?
Sorry I wish I had understood everything I need, but not yet
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!!!
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: *** -[NSSet initWithArray:range:copyItems:]: array argument is not an NSArray
8/7/13 9:58:21.606 AM Mail: 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 ?
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.