3 Replies Latest reply: May 8, 2012 4:34 PM by BDAqua
grifco Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Two computers on a home ethernet network.  Both receive mail from the same server.  "To:" line name entry part (not address part) is random according to the "user name" on either computer.  (Note: Presently in the Mail accounts dialog, only one and same name is used -- problem persists.)  This fouls up things when trying to customise the junk mail filter, as the wrong "To:" line name produces a false routing of junk mail to the Inbox.  How can I force "Mail" to use the correct name per the mail account dialog,  or ...?

 

I have submitted this problem before more than once over the years without solution.  So please, unless you really understand the inner workings of Mail and the OS, do not respond.  I sense that a solution will require some kind of personal Unix tweeking.  Also OSs 10.4 and 10.5 are used on respective computers. Need OS 10.4 for mission critical Classic facility -- OS upgrade not an option -- but problem the same when both machines were on the same OS.

 

Also BTW, why doesn't the spell checker work on this form?  Sorry for the misspellings.


Power Mac G5, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • 1. Re: How does "Mail" assign the name in the Inbox "To:" line?
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,470 points)

    So please, unless you really understand the inner workings of Mail and the OS, do not respond.

    Gulp, pretty dangerous, but I'll try.

     

    In Mail's Window menu item, open Previous Recipients, see if there's more than one entry for that addy.

     

    Also check Address Book for duplicates.

  • 2. Re: How does "Mail" assign the name in the Inbox "To:" line?
    grifco Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Okay.

     

    In Recipients, found one other reference for my wife (other home networked Mac user name, same email address as mine).  BUT it was for an old server account with an obsolete e-mail address, not used in years.  Deleted it.

     

    In the address books on both computers, both networked users (Myself and my Wife) have listings, BUT each is correctly and respectivelly listed as the "Me" person.  Also, there is an additional duplicate for my wife, but for the purpose of uploading to my cell phone directory, but without an email address, only a phone number.  And lot's of these for others for phone directory purposes.

     

    Sorry to intimidate.  Appreciate your help.  Just kind of bummed out with Apple.  They seem to develop their stuff to a point, and then leave all the outlier defects languish forever. All they need to do is point to the mail account user name instead of whatever complicated thing they are trying to do.

     

    And should the above action somehow help, rest assured I will return to award you a "solved".

  • 3. Re: How does "Mail" assign the name in the Inbox "To:" line?
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,470 points)

    They seem to develop their stuff to a point, and then leave all the outlier defects languish forever.

    Wouldst agree totally, didn't used to be this way.