View Full Version : How do I move my mail to another machine?

11-07-2004, 04:16 AM
How do I move my mail.app e-mail with all mailboxes, settings, rules, etc. to another machine? I need to switch my e-mail so I can travel with a powerbook instead of the desktop I normally use. When I try to put it on my ipod and create an alias from the powerbook's ~/Library/ for the Mail folder to the folder on my iPod it doesn't work. I can copy my Mail folder to the powerbook, but then I lose all my settings including accounts and rules. Where does mail.app store this info? I tried copying the apple.com.mail.plist file over but that didn't do anything.

11-07-2004, 10:34 AM
If you right click on Mail and select "show package contents", there is quite a bit in there for rules and settings.


11-07-2004, 12:00 PM
its all the stuff in the ~/Library/Mail directory youre looking for.

11-07-2004, 09:32 PM
You need to copy (or symlink, not alias) 2 things:

the contents of ~/Library/Mail
the file ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.mail.plist


the files you copy or link to must be owned/readable by the user on the machine they were copied to. If you want to jump between 2 machines, the users should have the same UID number - the same name isn't good enough. Or you have to do some more juggling with permissions.


Use the same version of Mail.