Mac Mail deleting V2 and V3 Folders

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  1. Jerhen macrumors regular

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    I don't use mail and I opened it up today and clicked continue and it took me to my inbox which I don't have anything because I never set up an account. I thought that maybe I would try to use it but decided not to once it wanted me to enter an account. I wanted to reset it so when mail is opened it would go to the mail message import screen (attached below). I went into my library files and opened the mail folder and moved the V2 and V3 folders to my trash. I reopened mail and it went back to the import screen. Was it okay that I deleted these two folders in the mail folder which is in my library folder? I found a website saying that the V2 folder was an old folder before El Capitan which isn't used anymore and the V3 folder will recreate itself when clicking continue on the mail import screen. Is it okay that I deleted these folders?
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    What I kind of mean by my post is that deleting those two files should't affect my Mac because they were in the mail folder under library and should't be part of the operating system?
     

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  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    You are fine. That folder is just for storing mail message and since you don't have any you want to keep, there is no harm in deleting the folder.
     
  3. Jerhen thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for your reply, I was really starting to get worried that I deleted them and they would affect the operating system. I didn't delete the whole mail folder, just the contents which where the V2 and V3 folders. My mail folder on my library folder is empty. Is the library folder basically a place where apps store data then? Have you deleted the folders inside the mail folder before?
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Yes... data and settings/preferences. You could literally delete everything inside the user ~/Library folder and it would not impact the OS at all and it would still boot up.

    Yep... won't hurt a thing.
     
  5. Jerhen thread starter macrumors regular

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    I am glad that you replied to my post. I was looking it up on google and couldn't really find anything about the mail folder and if you could delete it or not after I deleted it. I won't worry about it now because the mail folder is just a place where it stores preferences and settings for the mail app. Thanks again for your quick response.
     

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