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How do I restore my mail rules from Time Machine?

399 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 7, 2013 8:43 AM by William Lloyd RSS
jayxtee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 6, 2013 7:39 PM

There's a thread here with a somewhat complex process for restoring rules after an update to Mt Lion.


HOWEVER, this is a case where MT lion has been working nicely for months, and allovasudden all the rules just disappeared.


I'm not sure what I should look for and tweak to fix this.


I'm not afraid of using the terminal.

iMac (27-inch Mid 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • William Lloyd Level 6 Level 6 (19,220 points)
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    Feb 6, 2013 7:51 PM (in response to jayxtee)

    Mail rules can be synched by iCloud in Mountain Lion.


    By chance did you disable iCloud Documents & Data synching?  That would make your Mail rules disappear.  Signing back in to D&D should bring them back.


    I don't know if you can restore them via Time Machine, because stuff in the iCloud D&D directories isn't backed up by TM, because it's in the cloud already.

  • keg55 Level 5 Level 5 (5,615 points)
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    Feb 7, 2013 7:59 AM (in response to jayxtee)

    Have you tried restoring the user Mail folder from Time Machine?


    On the target Mac, open Finder then click Go, press the Option key to see the Library folder and select it.

    Once the user Library folder is open, go into Time Machine and copy the Mail folder to your Desktop. Exit Time Machine. Rename the user Mail folder in Finder to old_Mail then copy the Mail folder from your Desktop to your user Library.


    Don't know if this will work, but it's worth a try.

  • William Lloyd Level 6 Level 6 (19,220 points)
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    Feb 7, 2013 8:43 AM (in response to jayxtee)

    The mail rules are stored in your ~/Library/Mobile Documents/com~apple~mail/Data.MailData folder, in a plist called SyncedRules.plist.


    If you're signed into iCloud D&D, that's where you'll find it.


    If you're *not* signed into iCloud, then you probably have a folder called something like ~/Library/Mobile Documents.####### where the # signs are actual numbers.  Digging into that folder, you'll fild the SyncedRules.plist file.


    Thing is, I don't know how Mail uses rules without iCloud; if there's a "local" rules location.  There probably is, but someone else who's not using iCloud may have to help you there...


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