Backing up mail

efoto

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So I have had Tiger sitting on my desk for over two weeks now, and I finally want to install it and start using it (imagine that :p). I have read most of the other threads in regards to ways to upgrade, yadda yadda, but one thing I cannot quite figure out is this:

I want to have my current emails on the new system, however I would like to have mail.app be clean and require me to reset all of my accounts (as there have been many changes and I just would prefer this). So is there is a simple way to save the folder structure and existing emails while not having all of the settings copied over when I move to Tiger?
 

Darwin

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Well you can find your mail in: Home/Library/Mail/

There you will find a folder with your Account name POP Name@somewhere etc and that should have your Inbox mail, Sent messages, Junk etc

If you have made other Mailboxes for certain topics you can find them in a different folder called Mailboxes which is in the main Mail Folder

Mail messages are individual files going under the .emix extension

I think you can then import them into Mail but I'm not sure about that exactly
 

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Darwin said:
Well you can find your mail in: Home/Library/Mail/
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After reading that I just came up with the idea (not sure why not before) to simply erase all of the accounts and then open new accounts in the new mail.app program under Tiger. Correct me if I am wrong, but wouldn't that allow me to keep all the current mails and simply eradicate all the account-settings that are causing me troubles? or does mail.app delete all mails tied to a given account upon account deletion? (that would be odd, just curious)
 

Darwin

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To quote the Help Information:

Removing an account in the Accounts preferences pane removes the account setup information from Mail and deletes all mailboxes and messages for the account that are saved on your computer.
I guess that POP-someone@somewhere Folder gets deleted which holds your mail and settings. I would have thought that an Archive would have been made but I don't do this often so I don't know if it does, so it looks like you might have to do it the other way
 

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Darwin said:
To quote the Help Information:



I guess that POP-someone@somewhere Folder gets deleted which holds your mail and settings. I would have thought that an Archive would have been made but I don't do this often so I don't know if it does, so it looks like you might have to do it the other way
Alright, thanks for the help. I checked the help files but couldn't find anything directly relating to the question, actually never found the part you quoted so I appreciate it. Thanks again.
 

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efoto said:
Alright, thanks for the help. I checked the help files but couldn't find anything directly relating to the question, actually never found the part you quoted so I appreciate it. Thanks again.
Well I'm running under Tiger so that might be why :)
 

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