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10.4: Another possible fix for missing imported Mail messages
Authored by: waverlyweb on May 05, '05 08:50:50AM

Like others here all my carefully filed and foldered messages seemed to disappear. To save time I tried to import them as 'Other...' by choosing a folder that held some of the 10.3.9 Mail.app mailbox folders, but it could only 'see' one called mbox.

However, when I copied each mbox file out of its own folder into the parent folder in question, the 10.4 Mail.app import function could see each mailbox file twice. Once as the copied version and once as it existed in its original location.

So, for example, where tips was the parent folder, what was bugs.mbox in 10.3.9 became tips/bugs.mbox.mbox/mbox in 10.4 and my copy was created as tips/bugs.mbox.

Before going any further, make sure Mail.app is not running and you have got a full backup, haven't you :-)

I used the following shell script to generate the copied versions within each of my parent folders:

for i in *.mbox; do cp $i/mbox `echo $i | sed -e 's/\(.*\).mbox$/\1/'`; done

Then removed the old folders with:

rm -rf *.mbox.mbox

Then fire up Mail.app, File -> Import -> Other and navigate to and choose the parent folder. Check the list of mailboxes is what you want, press continue and watch the individual mailboxes appear in the Import folder.

BTW They're all unread again, you can select all the mailboxes and control-click to choose 'Mark All Messages As Read'. But don't select too many mailboxes at the same time, Mail.app is going to start racing through checking for Junk and I suspect Spotlight is having a bit of a gorge on all those lovely, new, individual files!!

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