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10.4: A fix for a sent mail import problem in Mail Apps
Tiger only hintAfter installing Tiger and importing my mail from my Panther backup, I was upset to see that the "Sent Items" mailbox did not import. I keep all my emails, and the Sent Items mailbox was of value to me. Luckily the solution to this problem is an easy one:

In your Panther (or earlier) backup, go into the folder ~/Library/Mail. There you will see a bunch of files, and two important folders: "Mailboxes" are all your custom mailboxes, except for inbox / outbox / sent-items, which are stored in the "POP-your_name@popaccount.com" folder (assuming you used POP for mail -- I imagine IMAP would have a similar naming structure). If you copy the "Sent Messages" folder into the "Mailboxes" folder, and then re-run the Import in Tiger mail, you will now see "Sent Items" in the list.

Once this has been imported, it's simply a matter of dragging all the messages from "Import/Sent Items" into your real Sent Items folder and voila!
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10.4: A fix for a sent mail import problem in Mail
Authored by: rdallen2 on May 09, '05 06:51:06PM

I have recently upgraded to Tiger. When I upgraded, I foolishly neglected to move my Apple apps back into the Applications main folder (they were in subfolders). Obviously, it did not find any of my mail folders/prefs. So I attempted to overwrite the old mail.app with the new one. Luckily, I had a backup of the Mailboxes folder in Library/Mail. :)

Anyway, I have attempted to import my old mailboxes from my archive to Mail.app unsuccessfully via both mbox import and Mail import in the Import Wizard. No luck. It will not show old messages or sent messages. I know the messages are in my archived folder because the folder is over 200MB in size. The new one is only a few MB.

This is quite frustrating. Any suggestions?



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10.4: A fix for a sent mail import problem in Mail
Authored by: bogdescu on May 10, '05 06:24:34PM

A bump for this question. I actually went back to Panther today because I discovered all the folders and their subfolders did import into Tiger's Mail but they were all empty. Since I have tens of thousands of saved messages this really is a big issue for me. BTW, my Mail.app _did_ stay where Apple put it all along (i.e. in teh Applications folder). Not a clue why this is happening...



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10.4: A fix for a sent mail import problem in Mail
Authored by: treybean on May 11, '05 11:05:01AM

You don't actually have to go to all of the trouble of copying the "Sent Messages" to the "Mailboxes" folder.

From within Tiger Mail, just click on import and select "other" for the type of import. Then point it to the folder containing your sent messages from panther. This will take care of the import just fine.

And then of course move them over from the import folder to your new sent folder.

Worked like a charm for me.



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10.4: A fix for a sent mail import problem in Mail
Authored by: chally on Jan 29, '06 10:04:08PM
THANK YOU!

I've been going out of my mind trying to figure out why my mail won't import. I've been getting partial imports of some folders, and went so far as to try importing a backup on another machine that's still running 10.3.9--which worked. By using the method you've described, I am able to import these mailboxes--or so it appears. ^&*O#$%$* Apple for wasting several hours of my time.

The good news is that most of the rest of the import (I used the migration wizard and imported to a new HD) went without a hitch this time. Last time I used the migration wizard I didn't get a lot of my prefs. This time the only thing I've noticed so far that I lost was my Sprint bluetooth cellphone internet setup. (Besides the import mishandling my mail.)

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10.4: A fix for a sent mail import problem in Mail
Authored by: raider on May 16, '05 02:53:14PM

I am not sure why this might be necessary. I made a backup of my drive, and after a clean install of Tiger I was able to simply tell Mail.app to import from "Mail for Mac OS X", pointed it at my backed up mail folders, and it brought all of them in, including Sent, Deleted, Junk - all of them.



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