Currently Being ModeratedMay 2, 2013 9:20 AM (in response to freesh)
Try going to Mail preferences>mailbox behaviors tab and unclicking the save drafts to the server. If the message is in your draft box, try highting it and right (control) clicking it, a drop down appear and select move then trash, it should move it to the trash then you can empty the trash mailbox.
Hope this helps,
All the Best
Currently Being ModeratedMay 2, 2013 9:54 AM (in response to sanjampet)
Thank you for your advice, Sanjampet.
I had already, and previously, unclicked the 'Save draft to Server' which didn't help.
In fact on opening Mail, the offending window with this message ususally appears with just a Subject – the original Subject from the Facebook group. But just now it suddenly appeared with the name of one of the participants of that group, whose comment on the group had been emailed to me automatically. Originally I received about ten different messages from members of that group in response to a post I had added. However that happened at least a week ago, and this problem only started about four days ago.
I have tried altering the Subject, and then saving it (thus becoming a Draft) and then deleting the Draft. In fact I have tried numerous permutations of opening, saving, changing the Recipient, etc. The messages always do appear to be Trashed, but then always appear again next time I open the programme, sometimes with a Recipient (ie a 'To' field entered), sometimes not, but always the original Subject.
I think I will leave that Facebook group, even though I haven't received any more messages from it !!!
I can't think there is a preference file relating to this, but there must be some 'memory' of the message in the programme or its related files. I don't really want to re-install the programme. I wonder whether it is something to do with not having upgraded to Mountain Lion, which I have been putting off because of my old software (FCStudio) which won't work with the Lions.
Any further thoughts most welcome.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 2, 2013 10:20 AM (in response to freesh)
This does'nt really sound like an Apple problem as much as a FB thing, you cam mark it as Junk, set it as spam with your ISP mail provider if they have a filter, or check the preferences on FB and see if there is some way to have the group dis-associate wiyh your profile. I do not use FB, because of this exact pervasive kind of thing that it seemed to generate, so I canceled out of it, after a very short time, and as thus I am not all that familiar with the workings. (re: drove me crazy with junk) Or as you suggested redo your acct. I don't think it is an OSX issue, and Mt Lion would probably not be the cure, of course stepping up Mt Lion would give you more features, if you decided to go that route.
Being that I am not a FB user, maybe someone else on this forum could offer you more insight or a solution.
Hope this helps some.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 3, 2013 6:50 AM (in response to sanjampet)
Thank you, again, Sanjampet. sorry for delay in responding this end.
I agree with you about FB being the likely cause. I too hate it and only used it this time as it was a forum for old friends from the world over. I have learnt my lesson.
I have worked out that it must be a Cloud issue, as the email only generates a new copy when I am connected.
I have an old .mac account, as well as a gmail account, and the original FB message went to the gmail account. But as I am using Snow Leopard I am unable to upgrade to the iCloud version of .mac. I wonder if I delete an account in Mail, and then re-install it, I can ascertain which is the problem account. If gmail, then i can contact the gmail and FB help desks. That might be a laugh!
Do you know what is meant by the use of the word 'null' in the message 'Cannot send message using the server (null)? I wonder whther it is a behind-the-scenes part of an IMAP system. I have no understanding of networks and how email is now used between IOS devices and macs. It looks like it is time to find out.
Thanks again, and it seems that no-one else has any idea about this either.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 3, 2013 9:24 AM (in response to freesh)
No worries, as I have to extend the same apology to you.
Instead of deleting the mail accts you can go to mail preferences>Accounts (account info tab) highlight the account to wish to disable in the sidebar on the left, Advanced tab and selelct disable this account. You can do this one at a time to locate the offending acct. After which you can then re-select enable for each account and not have to go thru resetting everything.
Here are some links regarding your server null questions, if you google or bing or whichever search engine you prefer, you should find some reading.
Hope this helps you.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 3, 2013 10:48 AM (in response to sanjampet)
That is a very useful tip. I have just rried it, first on one, to no effect, then on both. That also had no effect so even tgough no accounts are active, the message still appears as soon as the programme is opened! I presume there should be no communication between the programme and the servers in this situation, but I am not sure.
Then again there may well be something corrupted so 'normal' cannot be presumed. It does look like a re-install of Mail is needed. I haven't run Time Mchine since the problem happened so I could revert to an older sitaution.
I will check the links and do some more searching before I take any radical steps.
Thanks again. Much appreciated to have your care and concern
Currently Being ModeratedMay 3, 2013 10:53 AM (in response to freesh)
If you suspect that you may need to reinstall Mail, do so through the 10.6.8 Combo updater.
and follow with a software update to pick up any later updates.
This normally cures any minor aberations in the system.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 3, 2013 10:59 AM (in response to seventy one)
Thank you, Seventy One.
If I do run this updater, can I select just Mail, or does it require a complete replacement of the system applications? It may probably be a good idea to do this anyway, as I have been running this system for many years, virtually without problems.
What do you advise?
Thanks in advance.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 3, 2013 12:05 PM (in response to freesh)
Just re-run the update. It won't do any harm. If I remember correctly it does take 40 minutes or so but that's no great problem to resolve the situation. And it may help in other ways, too.