12 Replies Latest reply: Dec 30, 2007 2:18 PM by Pascal Bouvier
Sugeet Posey Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
Where does Mail store emails? I'm trying to thin out 3,000+ and would like to move the contents of some mailboxes to another location and then empty the rest without having to go 1 by 1. But I cannot find where the emails are stored. And once I'm there, can I move them to a separate folder and have them remain intact?

G5 iMac & iBook G4, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • John Guo Level 5 Level 5 (5,265 points)
    They are stored in User Name>Library>Mail.
  • Pascal Bouvier Level 4 Level 4 (2,880 points)
    You have the option of archiving a mailbox if you want. Choose/select the mailbox you would like to archive - either an existing one or a new one for that effect - then go to Mailbox>Archive Mailbox...
    It is also easy to restore a mailbox once archived.

    Your mailboxes are in home folder>library>mail.. in that mail folder you will then see a folder for each of your email accounts and in each of these email accounts folders you will see a mailbox corresponding to each of the mailboxes in Leopard Mail.

    hope this helps
  • Sugeet Posey Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Here's your path and the results on my IMac G5 users>sugeet>Library>Mail>Mailboxes>Deleted Messages.mbox (the only thing in here are all the Apple new RSS feeds -nothing else) AND Outbox.mbox>messages>nothing

    So where's the mail?
  • Pascal Bouvier Level 4 Level 4 (2,880 points)
    I think you misunderstood. I specified home folder/library/mail where in that folder - the Mail folder - you would see all your email account folders. The folder Mailboxes you looked into is not an email account folder.

    Your email account folder in Mail should read as follows:
    pop-"your pop email address" if you have a pop account
    Mac-"your user name" if you have a .mac account
    IMAP-"your IMAP email address@imap.yourmailprovider.com" if you have an IMAP account
    Exchange-"your exchange email address" if you have an Exchange account.

    In that email account folder, or more than one if you have more than one email account set up in Mail, you will then find all your mailbox architecture. In each mailbox you should see three items - usually - an Attachment folder where attachments are located if you have received any, an info.plist document and a Messages folder. That last folder lists all the emails located in the mailbox selected.

    My two cents is that you are better off archiving from Mail, maybe by creating special mailboxes for that effect and moving emails there and then archiving, then again it's a personal opinion

    hope this helps
  • Sugeet Posey Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Very much trying to follow your insrucions> But at the root level here's what shows up:
    MacintoshG5>Library>Mail>Account Types>com.apple.builtin.mailaccounts>MailAccounts.plist
    that's it.
    If I use System>Library>nada
    or if I go into my own folder I get
    sugeet>Library>Mail>AvailableFeeds
    BackupTOC.plist
    DefaultCounts
    Envelope Index
    LSMMap2
    Mailboxes
    MessageRules.plist
    MessageRules.plist.backup
    MessageUidsAlreadyDownloaded3
    OpenedAttachments.plist
    POP-sugeet@mail.mind.net
    RSS
    Signatures
    SmartMailboxes.plist
    SmartMailboxes.plist.backup
    VersionedSmartMailboxes.plist
    VersionedSmartMailboxes.plist.backup

    Notice that the POP acct is mind.net - which is no longer in use. On Mail's prefernce panel there is the correct account.
    I'm buffaloed. But appreciating your pateince.
    Sugeet
  • Pascal Bouvier Level 4 Level 4 (2,880 points)
    hmm... so in sugeet>library>mail you do not have a folder for our current email account? but you have one for your old pop.

    why don't you try to search the new active email account in spotlight and see where it resides? follow the format I gave you already whether it is a pop, imap... let me know what you find.

    as for the old one, open it and see what is in there, you should have mailboxes for that email account and in each of these mailboxes a messages folder where emails should reside.

    hope this helps
  • Sugeet Posey Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    This is interesting
    sugeet>library>mail>POP sugeet#@mail.mind.net(+*now non working ac*ct)+>INBOX.mbox>messages>over 12,000 docments for 1.3gigs. Dates from 05 through the present.
    Now what?
  • Pascal Bouvier Level 4 Level 4 (2,880 points)
    good so everything is working then! correct?
  • Sugeet Posey Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    OK, so I found them, but they are identified only by a code number. Should I choose to delete, I will have to do en masse, rather than saving the ones I want - otherwise I have to open them one at a time. Not so nice. Any suggestions there? And thank you for the help and persistance.
  • Pascal Bouvier Level 4 Level 4 (2,880 points)
    personally I would not do it that way. I would follow what I suggested in on of my first post, which is to archive in Leopard Mail itself, rather than go to where the emails are stored in your library.

    hope this helps
  • Sugeet Posey Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    The emails for 2005 etc. do not show up in my inbox or any of my folders in Mail. The only way I found out that I had 12,000 of them was tracking them down as I indicated to you. How then would I archive them without opening them in Mail because when I found them Mail was not operating?
  • Pascal Bouvier Level 4 Level 4 (2,880 points)
    hah, thanks for pointing that out, it was not clear that you could not see them in Leopard Mail

    may i suggest you try to import the mailbox from that old email account where you know these old emails are. to do that, go to mail>file>import and choose Mail for Mail OS X, you will then be asked for the path or location of the folder/mailbox you want to import. Once imported these emails will show up in a mailbox nmed import, created by Leopard Mail for that effect. You can then view them in that mailbox, and either file to another mailbox or delete

    hope this helps