Getting rid of obsolete Panther mail files in Tiger

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Applespider, Jun 30, 2005.

  1. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    I found this on a blog the other day and couldn't remember seeing it posted here but for those with large mailboxes and who transferred them from Panther, this might be useful

    Apparently, when Tiger's Mail updates your Panther mailbox and converts from your mail mbox to elmx files, it doesn't do anything with your old Panther mail messages. They don't get deleted but nor do they serve any purpose any longer.

    I ran the scripts yesterday (after making a backup) and got nearly a GB of space back so I figured it might prove useful to others too. Instructions are on the blog link above but just in case it vanishes - they're quoted below.

  2. russelljtdyer macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2005

    Thanks. That worked well. I was trying to set up my Mail directory to back up to my iDisk account daily, but it was showing a few hundred megabytes in size. I went through and deleted any file with an attachment to save the space, but it was frustrating me because the size of the directory was hardly shrinking. I ran your little script, though, and now I'm down to 30 megs of data. That's a much more agreeable amount to backup to iDisk.

  3. widgetguy macrumors regular

    Apr 17, 2005
    thanks it worked for me too, i think i am going top use enotuage for now onn
  4. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Thanks! Just the kind of thing that will come in handy when I start edging my way towards Tiger... :)
  5. The Void macrumors regular

    The Void

    Oct 29, 2003
    Worked fine for me too. 'Only' saved me 350MB though :)


    The Void

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