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Change subject of received emails in Mail.app
Authored by: syzygies on Apr 05, '06 07:59:54AM

Mail messages are text files; it is trivial to edit them directly, e.g. using a text editor such as BBEdit. I just tested changing the subject this way, and it worked fine.

This is crucial e.g. if one stumbles into the "duplicate message" bug in Mail: A missing message will derail a copy between mail folders, and the old copies already moved will not be deleted. Worse, Mail changes one of its tags to indicate the last folder (ironically, to help in deletes like it isn't doing here!), so standard duplicate finders won't remove the duplicate messages. One can use BBEdit to bulk replace this Apple XML field with a dummy home planet for all messages, then use a dupicate finder to remove duplicates.



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Change subject of received emails in Mail.app
Authored by: jiclark on Apr 09, '06 05:18:14PM

Sounds interesting, but could you elaborate a bit for us? For example:

1) How do you find a particular message in your ~/Library/Mail directory?
2) Do you need to quit Mail before attempting any edits?
3) Are there potential 'gotchas' to be aware of when attempting to edit with a text editor?
4) Etc, etc.

Thanks,
John



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Change subject of received emails in Mail.app
Authored by: laurentbodard on Nov 01, '12 02:08:28AM

Hello there - I am much interested in your finding for editing email subject in Mail.app.

I don't know BBEdit at all. Were you successful in using BBEdit?
Are you able to have a script to edit email subject that works well now?

All the best,
Laurent



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