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Where are Mail.app's configuration settings stored?

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retrovertigo

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I am trying to write documentation for Mail.app, but whenever I delete ~/Library/Mail and go to re-enter my settings, I notice that some things are kept, such as the SMTP Server List, whether or not the incoming or outgoing server uses SSL, etc. Where is this information stored? I am trying to get screenshots of each step when I am adding an account, the screen with the checkbox for "Use SSL" when you're configuring the incoming server is skipped during the account setup. I just want to clear all of Mail's settings and start from scratch. I've already deleted com.apple.mail.plist from ~/Library/Preferences but this doesn't seem to be doing the trick.

Edit: I did some more searching and found /Library/Mail/MailAccounts.plist. However, it doesn't include the SMTP Server List.
 

EHUnlucky7x9@ao

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Jan 8, 2006
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Why not just go to Mail>Preference>Accounts

Choose the account that is there.... click on the "-" symbol on the bottom. That will erase all the account for you and then you can set yourself up a new account from scratch?
 
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retrovertigo

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That's not going to do it. Some settings seem to be retained after clicking the minus sign, as I've explained.
 
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dankind

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Feb 11, 2008
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Anyone know by any chance where Mail.app stores its presets for determining what's a response to a message (to show threaded emails)

Right now if an email has a subject labelled Re: xyz or Fwd: xyz it will be associated with the 'xyz' thread. However in certain countries Re: is Sv: and Mail.app is not picking this up... anyone know a workaround for this?
 
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robbieduncan

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Jul 24, 2002
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Like other applications preferences are stored in a plist file in ~/Library/Preferences/ The file will be named something like com.apple.mail.plist...
 
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dankind

macrumors newbie
Feb 11, 2008
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Anyone know by any chance where Mail.app stores its presets for determining what's a response to a message (to show threaded emails)

Right now if an email has a subject labelled Re: xyz or Fwd: xyz it will be associated with the 'xyz' thread. However in certain countries Re: is Sv: and Mail.app is not picking this up... anyone know a workaround for this?

In case anyone else was wondering.. I found it in:

/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/ScreenReader.framework/Versions/A/Resources/English.lproj/ExceptionsDatabases/com.apple.mail.plist
 
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