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10.3: How to import old Mail inbox to new Mail inbox Apps
I used the system upgrade to Panther for a full backup and a clean Panther installation. Therefore, I had to import my old e-mails back to Apple Mail. Apple Mail puts all imported e-mails in a folder called "Imported" (or something similar - I use the German version), so I had to move them manually to the desired locations. Everything worked fine, except for the Inbox folder: I always got an error message that I cannot put my mails in there. Well, the problem can be solved easily:
  1. Just create a new mail account using Preferences -> Accounts and enter some values. It does not need to be a working account.

  2. Notice that in the folder pane on the right side, there are now two subfolders of the Inbox, one for each mail account. Dragging my old mail directly into one of these subfolders worked without any complaints.
This problem seems to exist only if you use just one mail account.
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10.3: How to import old Mail inbox to new Mail inbox
Authored by: cudaboy_71 on Nov 07, '03 03:26:58PM

this wouldnt have helped your problem. but, if before formatting and installing, you had simply dragged your mailboxes from mail.app's drawer to the desktop, you'd have had nice little .mbox files.

burn those to cd, put on another volume, whatever. then after installing panther, simply drag those .mbox files back to your account and you should be back where you wanna be.

took me all of 30 seconds to reimport all of my mail and i didnt have to go digging thru obscure directories.

just a tip.

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10.3: How to import old Mail inbox to new Mail inbox
Authored by: rh3toric on Nov 07, '03 04:43:53PM

Make sure to move your com.apple.mail.plist over to your new user library as well. This makes the move complete and allows you to move your account settings, filters, etc..



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10.3: How to import old Mail inbox to new Mail inbox
Authored by: Bottacco on Nov 08, '03 09:44:55AM

Well, all the things you are saying here are fine, but the easiest way to migrate your old mail to a fresh installation goes like this:

a) Go to your user's "Library" folder and copy the whole "Mail" folder.

b) Then go to your user's "Preferences" folder and copy the file "com.apple.mail.plist"

c) Now you can install your new operating system deleting everything (I suppose you have already backed up the rest of your important files).

d) After installation and before opening "Mail.app" copy the backed up "Mail" folder to your user's "Library" folder and the "com.apple.mail.plist" file inside your user's "Preferences" folder.

After that you can open "Mail.app" and you will have all your mailboxes, all your accounts, all your signatures, all your filters and all your emails in place.

Hope this helps.



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10.3: How to import old Mail inbox to new Mail inbox
Authored by: C14ru5 on Nov 08, '03 11:40:15AM

If you copy the whole ~/Library/Mail folder from Jaguar to Panther you might encounter the same bug as I did: Apple's junk mail filtering stops working (junk mail won't move into the junk mailbox). This has happened to me on two computers, while a third computer worked flawlessly. Your mileage may vary.

Solution:
Delete ~/Library/Mail/MessageSorting.plist and ~/Library/Mail/MessageSorting.plist.backup

The solution would cause your Rules to be deleted, but those rules usually are easy to set up again.



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10.3: How to import old Mail inbox to new Mail inbox
Authored by: clim on Apr 17, '06 05:17:03AM

Tried copying the mail folder after reinstalling the OS. All the folders created before appeared but the contents in the folder were 0MB. When the folders were opened, no mails appeared.

Please advise. The size of the mail folder was 3GB worth of information but all the folders showing bold numbers of unread mails did not have information in them.



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10.3: How to import old Mail inbox to new Mail inbox
Authored by: autx on Nov 08, '03 10:47:34AM

I've also found that if you have saved your mail folders to an external folder, you can double click on the mbox files and Mail will open them in a new window. You can then highlight them and drag them to any mailbox in Mail. Note this works even when the import function in Mail will not recognize the mbox file.



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10.3: How to import old Mail inbox to new Mail inbox
Authored by: mnb on Nov 09, '03 05:09:28PM

I ran into the single inbox oddity when trying to migrate from Eudora to the new Mail.app.

I solved the problem by removing the inbox file and renaming the imported one. It's worked fine ever since.

It kept wanting to add another account I didn't even set up! I didn't want to have click twice to get to my new mail, so my remove and rename process proved a usable solution.

However, I quickly gave up on the new Mail.app and returned to the much more powerful Eudora. Mail has come a long way, but not far enough to get me to switch. Even the simple task of sending a cover letter with an attached resume is a kludgy process in Mail, but not nearly as obtuse as it is in Eudora.

Perhaps in 10.4...



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