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Save disk space by deleting copies of Mail attachments
Authored by: mousyak on May 17, '13 09:40:00PM

Not really. Your comment made me test it - I disconnected from my internet connections and test-opened a bunch of attachments. They all opened no problem, without complaining that there was no connection to the IMAP server. I quit Mail, saw them deleted from the above mentioned folder, and repeated.
Attachments are stored offline in Mail, and this folder is a duplicate location when the user decides to open the attachment...
Just my 2 cents..



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Save disk space by deleting copies of Mail attachments
Authored by: Makosuke on May 20, '13 04:03:43PM

Interesting. I stand entirely corrected, then.

I had always assumed, since when you first view an IMAP message with large image attachments you can see the image attachments queueing for download, that they were going into that folder.

This being the case, this is a very valuable tip for those short on disk space (those of us with SSDs, in particular).



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Save disk space by deleting copies of Mail attachments
Authored by: Strod on May 20, '13 07:06:28PM

Actually you were partially right. The thing is that most email clients have an OPTION that allows you to keep copies of messages with or without attachments for offline viewing.

For your desktop or laptop computer turning this option on makes a LOT of sense, and I believe it is the default for Apple Mail and Outlook.

For other mobile devices like smartphones and tablets this option does NOT make a lot of sense so many mail clients don't even include it.



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