Urgent... Mail App not working

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by jackmack, May 2, 2008.

  1. jackmack macrumors regular

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    Out of all the programs that could fail, I really wish this one didn't, lol.

    Long story short...

    My computer (mac book pro 17" santa rosa) freaked out and I had to manually power it off.

    When I powered it back on, all seemed well, but when I launched my mail app, it said something about a corrupted database or preference file or something, and it had to do a recovery thing.

    When it finished, nothing quite works the same.

    First off... I can't quit the mail app when it is open... not by cmd+q, or anything. I have to forcequit it.

    Second... it does not grab mail anymore... it just keeps showing me the same mail I've already gotten yesterday.


    I already tried removing the apple.mail.plist file, but when i re-set up my account, it had the same problems.

    Any help would be greatl appreciated.
     
  2. svenr macrumors regular

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    Make a copy of the [your user account]/Library/Mail folder in a different place. Delete the old one.

    Set up Mail completely fresh, i.e. delete prefs files and re-enter your account info.

    If you had IMAP accounts, the mail will be on the server and just gets downloaded again. If you had POP accounts, go to File->Import Mailboxes, choose Mail for Mac OS X and re-import from the backup copy you made above.

    If the backup copy is not readable for some reason, try Emailchemy:
    http://www.weirdkid.com/products/emailchemy/index.html
     
  3. jackmack thread starter macrumors regular

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    Bless you good sir!
     
  4. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    If you have Time Machine you can also do this to recover all your mail.
     

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