Mail ate my mails :-(((

in Genius Bar edited January 2014
Mail (of OS X) just ate my emails that were in the inbox!!


I use 10.1.4 and download all the mails from server. I had most of my mails in inbox and they were all ok till today morning when i opened it! so after weeks they were dead today empty as my wallet

The only modification i have done recently is to see the full header as standard, that shouldn't have to do with it...


I'm in shock.. what has happened???

<img src="confused.gif" border="0">


  • Reply 1 of 12
    [quote]Originally posted by Mulattabianca:

    <strong>I'm in shock.. what has happened???


    Well, I'm no expert, but it sounds like Mail has eaten all your emails ;-)
  • Reply 2 of 12
    giaguaragiaguara Posts: 2,724member
    Well i know it ate my mails... :eek:

    <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" /> <img src="graemlins/oyvey.gif" border="0" alt="[No]" /> <img src="graemlins/embarrassed.gif" border="0" alt="[Embarrassed]" />
  • Reply 3 of 12
    newnew Posts: 3,244member
    I've had mail act wierd on me a few times as well, I ditched it in 10.1.5 because of the lack of features, but migrated back in 10.2 , mainly because of the adressbook and spamfilter...

    First tme I ran mail (1.2) it ate quite a few of my emails and refused to download a few others, but it has been stabel (but a bit slow) ever since...
  • Reply 4 of 12
    giaguaragiaguara Posts: 2,724member
    Ok i hope it'll be more stable in Jaguar then.. <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" />

    I thought these weird things happen only with windows... <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" />
  • Reply 5 of 12
    giaguaragiaguara Posts: 2,724member
    actually i found the mails then... not in inbox but in library/mails ecc..

    so i copied the inbox and changed its name to inbox702 so now i have all the mails of the last 2 months there...

    <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />

    but why were they invisible in inbox???
  • Reply 6 of 12
    kickahakickaha Posts: 8,760member
    The message index may have been corrupted - I've seen it happen before. The messages are all still there, but it isn't quite sure how to get to them. At best, you'll end up with a listing of the number of emails, but no headers, no text.

    Copying the .mbox file over and forcing Mail to rebuild the index from a fresh parsing of the file generally fixes it, as you found out.
  • Reply 7 of 12
    giaguaragiaguara Posts: 2,724member
    well today it was worse.

    first.. something i can't understand with the ibook in general; it goes to white (the video) with black stripes.. nothing... so i restart and it's sloooooooooow... :confused: <img src="graemlins/oyvey.gif" border="0" alt="[No]" />

    then i find the messages in inbox that i have already cancelled. now they should be filtered as well <img src="graemlins/oyvey.gif" border="0" alt="[No]" /> i find the 4th time the same messages in the inbox .. :eek:

    gee... i'm shocked.. my ibook cheats me...
  • Reply 8 of 12
    kickahakickaha Posts: 8,760member
    Sounds like a hardware problem. Bad RAM could cause all those symptoms. The standard RAM check doesn't perform an exhaustive scan of tests. Get Gauge Pro ( and test it with that. You'll have to boot into 9 to use it.

    Saved *MY* butt.
  • Reply 9 of 12
    eugeneeugene Posts: 8,254member
    "I'm here to fix the"
  • Reply 10 of 12
    giaguaragiaguara Posts: 2,724member
    Now the mails don't care anymore..

    it does <a href=""; target="_blank">this </a> kernel thing .. and <a href=""; target="_blank">BAR CODE</a> which DOES scare me :eek: :eek: :eek:

    now this lastest thing is in the kernel panic thread so go there...

    i hope the mails and the rest will be fixed when i switch to Jag
  • Reply 11 of 12
    i had the same thing happen, but i deleted the mbox in question by accident just before i figured out how i might fix it! <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" />
  • Reply 12 of 12
    torifiletorifile Posts: 4,024member
    If you don't quit mail gracefully, it will not save the changes you've made to your messages. Also, something to watch out for is the "delete messages older than:" option in your accounts preference in mail. Just upgrade to Jag and things will be better.
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