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Easier fix
Authored by: serversurfer on Feb 25, '02 11:00:21PM
I think the system only searches for apps in the various Applications folders (/Applications; ~/Applications; etc.). This means if you put your apps in /Apps, they won't be able to provide their services, etc. So make sure your apps are 'downstream' of /Applications. If, like me, you don't like having apps loose in /Applications, you can 'blend' your older apps with the new guts using the FileMerge app in /Developer/Applications.
How-To:
1. Open FileMerge
2. Drag your older, working Mail.app to the 'left side'.
3. Drag the new guts, (the Mail folder in Applications) to the 'right side'.
4. Click the 'Compare' button.
5. In the summary window that appears, click on the Contents folder.
6. Choose 'Combine files' from the merge menu.
7. Choose a location for the resultant. Name it 'Mail', NOT 'Mail.app'!!
8. In the Finder, rename the resultant 'Mail.app'. Tell the Finder you are sure.
9. Test your new Mail.app to make sure everything went okay.
10. Drag the new app to your preferred location, replacing the old one.
11. Trash the Mail folder in /Applications.

This may sound tedious, but it is far simpler than replacing all of the contents by hand. I used the above method to merge all the updates from 10.1.3 without any trouble, but you still can't sue me if it breaks your box. ;)

Rob, feel free to repost this as a stand-alone tip if you think it merits the effort.

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