3 Replies Latest reply: Mar 3, 2011 9:55 AM by BDAqua
John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (42,195 points)
I was sending an email when I noticed my Outbox, which usually holds outgoing messages until they're sent, is absent. If I select the menu Mailbox > Go To, "Out" is greyed out. It's just not there.

However, in ~Library/Mail/Mailboxes, there is a folder labeled Outbox.mbox. If I quit Mail and drag it to the desktop, then restart Mail, it rebuilds the Outbox.mbox folder, but the Outbox still doesn't appear in the Mail message viewer.

I tried rebuilding all mailboxes. Didn't work. Dragged ~Library/Caches/Mail to the desktop, no difference. Then tried dragging Envelope Index file to the desktop. Mail imported all the messages but Outbox still isn't there.

I'm beginning to think it never was there... did I imagine it?

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  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (120,915 points)
    Depends on the type of account, the Outbox will sometimes/most times only be there when you have Mail that is sending or waiting to be sent, then it's moved to the Sent box.
  • John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (42,195 points)
    Thanks BD!

    Strange that this was the only computer without an Outbox. All my others always had one. Dragging the com.Apple.Mail.plist to the trash makes it come back, but that's not a good solution since Mail "forgets" all messages and accounts by doing that. I even opened the .plist and compared it to a "good" one and couldn't find any difference between the two.

    Anyway, I made it reappear by intentionally sending a message from a nonfunctional SMTP server. The Outbox reappeared, which contained the bogus message. No need to trash .plist.
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (120,915 points)
    Great news, good work John, thanks!