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I was curious if anyone knows where the OS X Mail App keeps attachments/documents that you are working on when you open them from a mail message? I was working on a Word doc and saved consistently, but soon realized that it was just saving the open Word document to some ether land and not to an actual apparent location.. Is there any way to recover this document?

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Authored by: Clint MacDonald on Sep 26, '01 12:02:46PM
I was working on a Word doc and saved consistently, but soon realized that it was just saving the open Word document to some ether land and not to an actual apparent location.
This sounds like a known bug in Microsoft Word, rather than a problem specific to OS X's Mail.app. If you receive a Microsoft Word document as an e-mail attachment in OS 9.x, it is saved to whatever folder you have designated as your attachments folder (I am thinking of Eudora as an example of the e-mail application). If you double-click on the icon that shows up in your e-mail message, the Word document opens normally. However, to make changes to that document, you must choose "Save As..." from the File menu and save the document to a different file. Otherwise, any changes to the document will "evaporate," leaving you high-and-dry.

Best wishes,
Clint

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You can retrieve it
Authored by: geoffsaulnier on Nov 14, '01 06:53:45PM

If you have opened the attachement (MIME encoded into the mail) and not opened any other attachements (I think - haven't checked that), you should be able to find the attachement from the terminal, and maybe from within the app that opens the attachement. Take a look at this:

[citycomp:~/Library/Mail/Mailboxes] geoff% cd INBOX.mbox/
[citycomp:Mail/Mailboxes/INBOX.mbox] geoff% ls
Even_cows_get_it_wro.mimeattach/ mbox.SKindex-citycomp-269
Info.plist table_of_contents
mbox
[citycomp:Mail/Mailboxes/INBOX.mbox] geoff% cd Even_cows_get_it_wro.mimeattach/
[citycomp:Mailboxes/INBOX.mbox/Even_cows_get_it_wro.mimeattach] geoff% ls
damnsnow1.mpg
[citycomp:Mailboxes/INBOX.mbox/Even_cows_get_it_wro.mimeattach] geoff%


As you can see, the clip is available in INBOX which is where the mail was that it was opened from.

Cheers,
Geoff.



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In MIME data
Authored by: _merlin on Sep 26, '01 08:43:26PM

Mac OS X's Mail application keeps the attachments stored as MIME data within the messages themselves. If you want an attachment saved as a file, drag it from the message to the desktop or some other folder. Mac OS will copy it to that location.



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