Log in

No account? Create an account
I Need Mac Help - De File
Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
I Need Mac Help
Does anyone out there know an easy way to fix the Apple "Mail" program without reinstalling the whole operating system? Everything else is working fine on my laptop, but "Mail" has some sort of issue with the database and never fully opens.
7 comments or Leave a comment
somemonad From: somemonad Date: March 15th, 2005 05:12 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Without having researched it, I would say that you should be able to pull the Mail.app executable from the OS CDs into the location with your current Mail.app executable. Since OS X has no Windows-like registry, this should work. I would try this first.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 15th, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
If you're a Windows person, you may not know this, but any idea how to get at a particular file in a bundle/package on a CD-ROM install disk? I've never done that with a Mac.
From: ex_synecdoch550 Date: March 15th, 2005 06:43 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
There is a program that will do this, but I can't for the life of me remember what it is called. Some searching on the Apple discussions (see cpratt's comment) should find it for you though. It is a very handy app.
somemonad From: somemonad Date: March 15th, 2005 06:57 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Well, you'd use a program like Pacifist to open the .pkg file and pull out the individual file. The package containing Mail.app should be (on install disc 1) /System/Installation/Packages/Essentials.pkg. This is speaking from my Panther-centric perspective. Oh, and it's probably a good time to back up. Not that copying Mail.app is a risky activity, but that it's probably just a good idea anyway.

I'm not a Windows person or a Mac person per se; I have several machines running Windows, OS X, and Linux.

Hope this works!
cpratt From: cpratt Date: March 15th, 2005 06:23 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I wouldn't replace Mail.app with an older version if I were you.

Have you read through the discussions on Apple's support site?


There may be useful info there. If not, start a new thread describing your problem in detail. There seem to be a LOT of problems with the 10.3.8 upgrade.

Finally, maybe it's time to try the Genius Bar at your local Apple Store. I'm not sure if that costs money or what, but if it's your laptop and not the desktop Mac, might as well take advantage of its portability!
somemonad From: somemonad Date: March 15th, 2005 07:00 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That's a good point. I neglected to mention that you'd be pulling a stock 10.3 Mail.app over to a (presuming you've been updating) 10.3.8 system.
wemayfreeze From: wemayfreeze Date: March 15th, 2005 11:21 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Simple possible fix is to trash the preferences file, found in ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.mail.plist. Delete it and restart Mail. That often fixes strange problems.
7 comments or Leave a comment