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Fix Mail.app indexing issues under 10.3
Authored by: krusty76 on Aug 02, '04 08:53:11PM

there is one problem with this method. if you don't use the "Erase Deleted Messages" option under the Mailbox menu very often ... deleting the TOC will be tough on you.

i just did all those things and now i have an inbox riddled with thousands of unwanted, previously "trashed" messages that were never actually deleted. it's years of mail, so it is unlikely i will ever go back through and delete all of them.

just a small caveat. Erase Deleted Messages before removing the table_of_contents.



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Fix Mail.app indexing issues under 10.3
Authored by: -ck- on Aug 02, '04 09:25:04PM

Also beware I tried this and it reset every single one of my emails in all folders as unread...



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Fix Mail.app indexing issues under 10.3
Authored by: kaih on Aug 03, '04 05:42:41AM

Yes, sorry about that, I should have made it more clear what the effects of applying this hint would be.
The Table of Contents file contains all the information about that particular mail box, except the messages themselves. It holds information about read, unread, flagged etc. It also contains the IDs of messages that have already been downloaded, which earlier versions of Mail.app kept in a separate file.

For what it's worth, the POP protocol was never designed with keeping messages on the server in mind, and as such all mail clients (such as Mail.app) use various workarounds to get around this problem - it works most of the time, so people come to rely on it... POP was originally designed so the mail client could log in, check for messages, download and then delete them. Having said that, I keep my messages on the server for a week. Now, when I did this procedure, it didn't download all my read messages again - I'm not too sure what I would have done different.

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Fix Mail.app indexing issues under 10.3
Authored by: rhowell on Aug 03, '04 12:59:39AM

Tell Mail.app to move deleted messages to the Trash mailbox. This will solve the problem. There's really no reason not to. By default, Mail just marks messages as deleted, but never moves them from your Inbox. Puzzling...

This feature is found in Mail->Preferences->Accounts->Special Mailboxes



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