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.

6 Comments

  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!

  2. This may be of interest. Apple is seeding an update to the Mavericks Mail app.
    http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/10/31/apple-issues-mavericks-mail-update-build-to-appleseed-members-for-testing

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