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Mail problem with new 10.13.2 installation

David Brostoff-2
A few days I ago I upgraded from 10.12.6 to 10.13.2 (MacBook Pro 15-in 2017) by booting from an external SSD clone, erasing my internal SSD, installing 10.13.2, then using Migration Assistant to move my files from the external drive to the internal one.

In Mail, I now see that a new IMAP account ([hidden email]) was created that duplicates an already existing POP account with the same address. I have only used that account to send a few test messages to myself many years ago.

The Inbox for the new account has 28,192 messages, of which 227,775 are marked unread. There is also a new Archive mailbox "[hidden email] (All Mail)."

There is also a new Sent mailbox "[hidden email]" with 17,833 messages, of which 474 are marked Unread.

The Inbox messages all seem to have been previously received by me at  [hidden email], which was the address I found in the new account at Mail > Preferences> Accounts > [hidden email] > Account Information.

Most but not all of the messages marked Unread were actually read when they were first received by me, and the Sent ones seem to have been actually sent.

If I delete this account, will I lose the original messages? Will ones I have previously read or sent now be marked Unread?

Otherwise, any solutions?

Thank you,

David


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Re: Mail problem with new 10.13.2 installation

David Brostoff-2
On Jan 8, 2018, at 12:54 PM, David Brostoff <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> The Inbox for the new account has 28,192 messages, of which 227,775 are marked unread. There is also a new Archive mailbox "[hidden email] (All Mail)."

Correction: "28,192 messages, of which 27,775 are marked unread."

David


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Re: Mail problem with new 10.13.2 installation

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On 08 Jan 2018, at 13:54, David Brostoff <[hidden email]> wrote:
> The Inbox messages all seem to have been previously received by me at  [hidden email], which was the address I found in the new account at Mail > Preferences> Accounts > [hidden email] > Account Information.

It appears that your mailbox has been collecting messages for years and that now that an IMAP account has been created you are finally seeing all the messages. 28,192 messages is a lot to have in an inbox.

IMAP, unlike POP, will always show you just what is on the server. Or, put another way, IMAP is a more accurate view of what mail actually exists on the server.

> Most but not all of the messages marked Unread were actually read when they were first received by me, and the
>  Sent ones seem to have been actually sent.

That wouldn’t matter if you were using POP which has no mechanism for marking a message as read on the server.

> If I delete this account, will I lose the original messages?

No. They will all remain on the mail server.

> Will ones I have previously read or sent now be marked Unread?

No.

The better solution is to delete the POP account and manage the IMAP account, removing messages that don’t need to be saved, archiving the messages that do.

There is nothing that POP can do that IMAP cannot, but there is much that IMAP can do that POP cannot, so unless you are forced into it, there’s no reason to use POP.

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David Brostoff-2
On Jan 9, 2018, at 1:27 PM, @lbutlr <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> It appears that your mailbox has been collecting messages for years and that now that an IMAP account has been created you are finally seeing all the messages.

Yes -- it took a while but I finally realized that the new account had downloaded all my previously received and sent messages. Thank you for confirming.

How the new account was created without my having consciously done so is still a mystery, but I'm satisfied now that I have deleted it without incident.

David





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