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Mail cannot clear Drafts in .OfflineCache but can save to Drafts on server

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May 22, 2009 12:02 PM
OK, I've been chasing this problem (and other related issues) for three days now and I'm at wits end.

I see that I am not alone with the the Mac Mail app getting stuck with messages in its .OfflineCache folder for an email account that it can not process. The common response is to quite Mail, and delete the contents of .OfflineCache, if not the whole directory.

In the case in front of me now, I have 7 versions of a draft message (destined for "Drafts"), a delete of that draft message and a copy of that message destined for "Sent Messages". Obviously, for a while Mail could not execute these commands to the IMAP server at SpamArrest.

What I don't understand is why can I continue to save new files to Drafts and Sent Messages but the .OfflineCache cannot clear itself?

I don't want to just delete the files in .OfflineCache (partly because I need the one in Sent Messages) but I because that is just treating the symptom and not fixing the recurring problem of messages ending up .OfflineCache on a fairly regular basis.

Why can't Mail clear the .OfflineCache?
iMac G5, MacBook Pro, 30GB iPod, 8GB iPhone, Mac OS X (10.5.7), .Mac
  • Roger.Z Calculating status...
    Sorry to say that I am having the exact same problem - also using IMAP and spamarrest. Messages are being sent but mail is leaving a copy of each message in the drafts folder.

    Just switched to IMAP about a week ago from POP and everything had been working up to yesterday.

    From what I have been able to find this looks like a common problem with IMAP based accounts and something without a good solution.
    G4, Mac OS X (10.5.7)

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