Help! Can't import mail from mail

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    I finally switched from panther to tiger. Now I can't seem to import my old mailboxes into the Tiger version of Mail. Help please! There's a lot of email I can't afford to lose :(
     
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    i tried that too but to no avail, then there was 10.4.1 update, but the installer wont update the Mail version 2.0 to 2.01. So I use Pacifist to manually select update for Mail then it worked! If you want, try downloading 10.4.2 combo update so Mail will update to Mail v.2.02.
     
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    As far as I know, there's a database conversion that takes place when migrating to the new Tiger Mail. The old Mail uses one database file for all messages whereas the new one treats them ass individual ones. This, I believe, is where the problem lies. Mail is trying to 'split' the messages into individual database files, but is encountering a problem in the process.

    While most users won't have a problem migrating, I know quite a number of people who've had difficulty. You just have to keep trying. use the Import Mallboxes option in Mail until you get it right.

    Make sure you save a backup copy of the Mail folder (from your old Library), just in case.

    Good luck.


    [Edited on 8-10-2005 by elbertc]
     
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    Problem's fixed! Not that I did anything. After a couple of attempts, I gave up and quit Mail. When I restarted, I tried again -- and it imported everything. Weird. But I'm not complaining :D
     
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    If you had a lot of e-mail that was moved from Panther's mail.app to the new one, you might want to recover some HD space by moving out the .mbox files (NOT folders) from your
    /<username>/library/mail directory to the trash after a successful migration.
     
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    Dave_D

    I'm a little confused here. I can't see what's "deletable". There don't seem to be any *.mbox files -- just folders.
     
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    Then you're fine...
     
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    Ok hehe thanks! :yes:
     

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