1 Reply Latest reply: Jan 8, 2007 4:04 PM by David Gimeno Gost
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When I go to the Mailbox Menu in Apple Mail Version 2.1.1 (752.3), and choose New Mailbox, I get this message:
Mailbox cretion failed. unable to create path ~/library/mail/mailboxes/Air.mbox.

i was trying to create a mailbox named Air.

if, however, i try to create a smart mailbox, it works fine.

imac 5,2 Intel Core 2 , 1.83 GHz, 512 MB ram, Mac OS X (10.4.8), This computer is new. Junk mailbox created OK
  • David Gimeno Gost Level 7 (20,775 points)
    Mail has a bug that causes ~/Library/Mail/Mailboxes to sometimes be a file instead of a folder, thus causing the problem you’re experiencing.

    Verify/repair the startup disk (not just permissions), as described here:

    The Repair functions of Disk Utility: what's it all about?

    After having fixed all filesystem issues, if any, proceed as follows:

    1. Quit Mail if it’s running.

    2. In the Finder, go to ~/Library/Mail/.

    3. Locate Mailboxes. If it’s a file instead of a folder, move it to the Trash.

    Note: For those not familiarized with the ~/ notation, it refers to the user’s home folder, i.e. ~/Library is the Library folder within the user’s home folder.