Why does Mail sometimes decide to re-download every mail I've ever sent?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by AVR2, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. AVR2 macrumors 6502

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    Once in a while when I launch Mail, it tries to download thousands of mails. Not spam ones, but legitimate mails going right back to when I joined .mac in 2005. Why is this?
     
  2. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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  3. AVR2 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I delete things from Mail - just select the messages I don't want and press "delete". Is that not enough?
     
  4. Buzz Bumble Guest

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    Depends on your Mac's Mail account settings and whether you're using IMAP or POP email.

    Even if the settings are correct on your Mac, your Email Provider my have have a problem with their server.

    Someone I help had a similar problem of messages downloading twice (or more times). Their Internet Provider had to get the account "refreshed" to fix the problem ... that's what they get for being a lazy Internet company and relying on Yahoo for their email system, and they are supposdely the biggest Internet Provider in the country as well as the main phone company. :rolleyes:
     
  5. AVR2 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have an official MobileMe email account - well, .mac as-was, because I set it up in 2005. My Mail account settings were configured automatically, as you'd expect with .mac.

    As I say, the issue with downloading thousands of old mails only happens occasionally, perhaps once every six months, but I wondered *why* it happens in the first place.
     
  6. splitpea macrumors 6502a

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    I've had that happen with a couple different email providers, usually after the provider does some sort of server maintenance. I think it happens when the server loses track of some sort of pointer that indicates when the last time was that you downloaded your mail.
     

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