mbox mail doesn't work in Lion

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Mikegs, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. Mikegs macrumors regular

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    Hi guys

    Does anybody, like me, use mbox mail for mac in order to get imap like features to hotmail accounts in mac mail?

    Worked perfectly in SL but asks for a password in Lion, and this password is different from the hotmail password.....
     
  2. tbln, Jul 20, 2011
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    tbln macrumors newbie

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    Yep, I have the same issue! Its a real bummer.

    I'd prefer to use Mail but I'll have to stick with Outlook 2011 for now.
     
  3. MrMoore macrumors 6502

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    Another person who discovered mBox does not work under Lion. Their website and twitter feed has not been updated in a while either.

    Darn :(
     
  4. reseul macrumors newbie

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    It seems mbox doesn't support the AUTHENTICATE command

    Mail 5 seems to be using the IMAP AUTHENTICATE command.
    It's possible previous version used LOGIN command (I tried this one with mbox from telnet and worked well).
    Wonder if Mail can be "convinced" to use the old mechanism.. Digging...
     
  5. funlad macrumors regular

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    Same problems here - any solutions gratefully received.

    Another possible way around... on the iPhone, Hotmail can be set up using Microsoft Exchange which does give the IMAP functionality of keeping the inbox synched etc. I tried using the same settings in Lion Mail as for my iPhone but it didn't work. Maybe there is another work around to be found there if MBox cannot be made to work or it not updated!?
     
  6. reseul macrumors newbie

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    I managed to get it to work

    But you need a hex editor and some dirt on your hands.

    Basically you have to replace all AUTH=PLAIN with an equal number of spaces in the /usr/local/FluentFactory/mBoxMail/mBoxMail file.
     
  7. DLuther macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the tip

    --- Appreciate the tip - one would think that the FluentFactory people could get a fast fix out on this. I've opened a support ticket with them alerting them to the fact that Lion has a password issue with the mBox configuration... there's nothing in their blogs or support forums and frankly I'm surprised that any beta testing didn't surface this issue sooner to prevent this.
     
  8. pjdamen macrumors newbie

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    Care to explain it a bit more?
     
  9. pjdamen macrumors newbie

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    Done the change. Mbox does seem to suffer from the trial expired bug now :(
     
  10. thebruge macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the idea, worked like a charm!! I used "HexFiend" to edit the file (make a backup first). You need to stop the service first in control panel. Then just use the find and replace function to replace "AUTH=PLAIN" to 10 spaces. I think there were 5 occurrences in mine that needed to be replaced.

    Fire up the service again and bingo! All back to normal! Someone mentioned registration error, but mine seems to be working fine.
     
  11. MrMoore macrumors 6502

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    Thank you!
    Thank you!
    Thank you!
    Thank you!

    :D

    I was going to try Outlook 2011, but I thought that it might still only make a POP connection. Saved me that hassle.

    Thanks for the tip!
     
  12. funlad macrumors regular

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    BRILLIANT! Thanks so much - good work!!
     
  13. Well macrumors newbie

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    Sorry to be so dumb but how do I find the folder

    /usr/local/FluentFactory/mBoxMail ?

    It doesn't appear in finder, or at least I can't find it
     
  14. funlad macrumors regular

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    It's a hidden directory. Open up Finder. From the top menu select GO then GO TO FOLDER. Then type /usr and you will have the directory USR pop up from which you can navigate to the local/FluentFactory folders.
     
  15. gugy macrumors 68030

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    yep mBox does not work under lion.
    Bummer, I hope they will have a fix soon.
    Sorry, I have no idea how to use these Hex Editor stuff. :confused:
     
  16. DLuther macrumors newbie

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    Success!

    The instructions posted here do work. It's probably best to read this string of messages backwards to avoid frustration. First download a HexEditor if you don't have one. Be sure to stop and completely log out of mBox. Then you've got to get into the hidden folder and navigate to the file. Then edit the file per the instructions. Restart mBox. All should be good... it worked for me.
     
  17. gugy macrumors 68030

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    Does anybody know a Hex Editor on the Mac? I don't use Windows at all.
    Thanks
     
  18. thebruge macrumors newbie

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    This is what I used:

    http://ridiculousfish.com/hexfiend/

    Free, and did the job! :D
     
  19. gugy macrumors 68030

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    Thanks,
    I did download it, found the mBox file inside the USR directory and open it using hex fiend but got lost there without knowing what to do next. :confused:
    Sorry, I have never used such a thing. :(
    I guess I need to wait for Fluent factory to rescue me.
     
  20. reseul macrumors newbie

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    More detailed steps

    1. Ok, so download Hex Fiend from the link shown by other users.
    Also stop mBox server, your email client, etc.
    2. Go to the /usr/local/FluentFactory/mBoxMail folder with Finder (use Go/Go To Folder menu to get into the hidden /usr folder)
    3. Make a copy of the mBoxMail file
    4. Open file mBoxMail with Hex Fiend using Open With...
    5. In Hex Fiend, choose Edit/Find/Find...
    6. In the panel that showed up on top, choose the ASCII radio button
    7. Enter AUTH=PLAIN in the Find field
    8. Enter 10 spaces in the Replace field
    9. Execute "Replace All"
    10 Try File/Save
    11. It may not work because of rights issues. Dismiss the error message and leave the Hex Fiend running.
    12. Separately open a Terminal window
    13. Execute "cd /usr/local/FluentFactory/mBoxMail"
    14. Execute "whoami". The name that shows up is your account alias. Mine is resell, yours is different. Use yours in the next command
    15. Execute "sudo chown reseul mBoxMail". You may get prompted for password. Enter it.
    16 Back to Hex Fiend, try File Save again. It should work now.
    17 Back to terminal, execute "sudo chown root mBoxMail" to restore the right owner (root).

    You're done. Close the hex editor, terminal, restart the mbox server..

    Now, this may not be the most optimal path. I tried my best.
    I hope it helps.
     
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  22. martvanderpol, Jul 22, 2011
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    martvanderpol macrumors newbie

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    Ok, so I did everything as you described, only when I try to save the file, it still won't allow me. "Computer says no."
     
  23. martvanderpol macrumors newbie

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    After changing file-permissions manually and savin the file,
    Mail still keeps asking for password :(
     
  24. larrybradshaw macrumors newbie

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    Can't find AUTH=PLAIN

    I tried all the instructions but when I search for AUTH=PLAIN, it doesn't find any references to that???
     

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