Mail 2.1.1 Re-installing

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Halcyon, Jul 8, 2007.

  1. Halcyon macrumors 6502

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    My Mail application has started to act weird on me and I would like to simply reinstall it (clean if possible). I assume this can be done from the original disks that came with my Mac, being that there has been no upgrades to the Mail application (started on 10.4.6 - now on 10.4.10).

    The big question is, how to backup all my mails before updating...as I want a clean install (i.e.- whole new preferences and I will manually create all new mail accounts).

    Any suggestions will be much appreciated.

    TIA
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    Nine times out of ten, reinstalling the actual app won't help you at all. Create a new user account to test my theory, and if it works normally there then you know the problem is within your Home folder and not with the app itself. :)

    As for backing Mail up, make a copy of the Mail folder in your Home folder's Library. :)
     
  3. Halcyon thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the tip.

    Actually I repaired permissions (I had installed a bunch of updated software) and restarted my computer (my computer starys on 24/7 and the last time restarted was like 6 months ago) and the problem went away.

    I don't know if repairing permissions had anything to do with it, but the repair log had a couple of lines that mentioned some problem with Mail. Probably restarting the computer had more to do with it, in any case the problem was solved.

    In another thread I read that, for those who keep their computers on 24/7, it was good practice to restart it once in a while.

    Thanks for your help.
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    Yeah, a restart's a brilliant thing. Restarting my iMac just got the system spellchecker working again. I'm glad Mail's working for you again. :cool:
     

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