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Neil Kaplan1 Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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Aug 23, 2012 9:05 PM

Transferring from an old iMac running Tiger to a new one running Mt.Lion . .  . we've already determined that I'm unable to use Migration assistant, so I've got to to do this the hard way....

 

I've already imported my mailboxes from the older app/computer, but is there any way to get my signatures onto the new machine? I've got a LOT of custom signatures that I use for various business purposes, I really need to access them'

 

Help thanks!

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)
  • Kivanc Muslu Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)
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    Aug 23, 2012 9:14 PM (in response to Neil Kaplan1)

    Alright, this might change depending to the Operating system, however on mountain lion, my Mail signatures are stored in:

     

    ${HOME}/Library/Mail/V2/MailData/Signatures

     

    where ${HOME} represents your home directory. Just copy that directory to a USB drive and restore the contents inside that directory in the same directory on your new Mac. If your new Mac does not have it, create the directory first.

     

    Before doing this make sure that you closed Mail.app just in case. Also, if you don't have the same exact account settings, the linking between signatures and accounts might not transfer correctly, however you should still see the signatures and hopefully can manually update the linking to accounts.

     

    Let me know if you have any questions.

  • Anthony Tomasino Level 2 Level 2 (360 points)
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    Aug 23, 2012 9:15 PM (in response to Kivanc Muslu)

    PLEASE make sure that if you follow Kivanc's suggestion that you back up ANYTHING you are going to replace. If you are going to replace that folder, rename the original "Signatures (Old)" or something. You don't want to mess anything up with the substantial possibility that any part of the filesystem has changed as you are several versions behind.

  • Kivanc Muslu Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)
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    Aug 23, 2012 9:17 PM (in response to Anthony Tomasino)

    Good point Anthony. Thanks for catching it. I always think that any manual change in application settings require backup / careful inspection, but sometimes I forget to write it out loud

  • Anthony Tomasino Level 2 Level 2 (360 points)
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    Aug 23, 2012 9:24 PM (in response to Kivanc Muslu)

    Honestly, I'm terrible about backing things up. I'm always confident in my abilities and assume nothing will go wrong so I'm the last person that should be ranting about it, but any time you're going from version to version it's always a good idea. Good idea to bring the file over, though. Hopefully it works! If it doesn't there are some Applescripts that will export the signatures to a text file, but let's see how this goes.

  • singer99 Calculating status...
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    Sep 12, 2012 7:43 PM (in response to Neil Kaplan1)

    I have just joined the community, and can't find any thread where Neil Kaplan1 explains how he imported his mailboxes from an older machine running Tiger to a new one running Mt. Lion. This is exactly what I now need to do. I would be VERY grateful for a foolproof way to manage this! Thanks.

  • Danneau Calculating status...
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    Aug 14, 2013 2:36 PM (in response to Neil Kaplan1)

    Thank you for the sig file procedure. Worked like a charm, though I couldn't be entirely sure that the recipients will be overjoyed to once again see the little didactic quips attached to the least bit of information or invitation...

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