OSX Mavericks: Mailbox suddenly empty (mail has a title, but no content)

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 | 6 comments

After I upgraded to Mavericks I noticed that some of my mailboxes in Mail became empty, or that some emails had a title, but no content.

After digging around for a while in ~/Library/Mail I noticed that the affected mailboxes had been duplicated.

An example was a mailbox that was named “VMware”. There were 2 of them now. One named “VMware.mbox” and one named “VMware-2.mbox”. Mail was picking up “VMware.mbox”, and it had no content.

I got back all my content by doing the following:

1) Quit Mail.
2) rm -rf VMware.mbox (be careful with this command!)
3) mv VMware-2.mbox VMware.mbox
4) Start Mail
5) Select the mailbox “VMware”
6) From the menu, select “Mailbox->Rebuild”

I did the above for all the mailboxes that exhibited this behavior (4 mailboxes in total) and everything was restored.


  1. Well, afther searching al lot of, it worked for me !!!
    I Just renamed the lost “mail-2.mbox” folders to “mail.mbox” and rebuilt the index.
    Thanks a lot.

    • You’re welcome.
      That’s great to hear!

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