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Watch for subfolders when backing up Mail messages
Authored by: tomem on Oct 07, '06 11:13:20AM

Contrary to what Apple says ("always use Mail to make changes in Mail's folder structure"), their approach brings nothing but trouble and anxiety in my experience. Half the time when I even try to rename a folder, to say nothing of moving it or copying it to the desktop, it turns white. That means that the index has lost track of it, and that emails in that folder will appear "not to have been downloaded from the server", until the "Envelope Index" is discarded and rebuilt when the program starts back up without it.

I suggest that all changes in the Mail folder structure, including removing or copying mailboxes for archiving, be done with Mail not running, in the Finder. This has never given me any problems. Old mail can simply be moved back into the Mailboxes folder and Mail restarted to pick it up and present it in the main window.

Mail archiving and organization is something Apple needs to get on top of if they expect folks to use their product for more than a year or two.

Crofton, MD

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