uploading archived email to Gmail via IMAP and mail.app

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by calvy, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. calvy macrumors 65816

    Sep 17, 2007
    With Gmail opening up imap usage for their services, I've finally decided to stop hating gmail in general. I personally couldn't get use to the way it worked through the webmail interface, and just never took off with it. But IMAP...I've always wished my ISP would give me that, much less a free email provider.

    Anyway, I set up mail.app to work with gmail's IMAP, and all works great. When I first installed Leopard on Friday, I set this up, and quickly started uploading emails I had stored in folders locally into my gmail folders. In particular, I have one folder called Personal with over 2000 messages in it. Friday, I selected all, and dragged these messages to the Gmail box I wanted, and sat and waited for them to all upload. No problems.

    But last night, I went to do the exact same thing with a different folder with less messages, and after copying only 1 or two emails, I get a pop up from mail.app that says "Cannot read data from imap.gmail.com" and it quits my transfer, and moves the 1 out of 1000 emails I was attempting to move into a new Local folder named after what the gmail folder is named. However, when I tried copying only one message at a time, there was no problem at all with this.

    This is driving me nuts, because now, when I start Mail, it keeps trying to sync my gmail account, errors out, I dismiss the error message, but it keeps popping up another one until mail.app eventually crashes. I've sent the bug report in to apple, but I don't expect much direct help from that.

    What is going on here? Did google suddenly start throttling the amout of email I can upload via IMAP? And if so, how can I get myself out of this mess. I'd like to find the queue that Mail is trying to upload to gmail, and move those messages back to where they were locally so I can just start over. Perhaps I've learned the hard way that gmail isn't right for me still.

    Anyone have any tips?
  2. calvy thread starter macrumors 65816

    Sep 17, 2007
    After googling today, I'm finding that gmail supposedly doesn't support the UPLOAD part of SMTP. Strange, because it seems to sometimes. It sure did on Friday. Damnit, maybe gmail is back in the garbage for me. Oh well, at least I didn't invest too much of my time in it.

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