Currently Being ModeratedFeb 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.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 7, 2013 7:37 AM (in response to William Lloyd)
I did in fact do that. The situation here is somewhat complex, involving 2 iMacs with different users and several IOS devices. What we want to do with iCloud is to synch calendars, but keep everything else separate [and synched with the appropriate devices from the appropriate machine using iTuned.
I'll take this question to an iCloud discussion.
Again, thanks. Any idea about how to capture the rules from the iCloud and recreate them locally?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 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.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 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...