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(Did a search but nothing came up...)

Anyone got any experience of the "Previous Recipients" function of Mail not working?

I have the auto complete addresses selected in Mail preferences but it does't work when I compose a new message and my Previous Recipients window is entirely empty despite having sent loads of emails.

Any suggestions?

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Could you give a little background OS version and which Mail system you use and the like

Go to your home folder and to Library and look for mail click on that folder you should ten see a folder for each account you have Then click on one and look for the folder INBOX.mbx. See if it's there

Have you moved or played around with your home folder ? or any settings in Mail?
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Kilted1 - you are right; I have messed with my home folder! I can't quite remember why - think it was the only way to change the username or something. (My friend who is much more conversant with computers than me did it.)

Anyway, I am using version 10.4.8 with Mail Version 2.1.1 (752.3). I followed your directions and the folder INBOX.mbx is there for each of my email accounts.

Hope this helps you help me.

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Is there any content in the INBOX folders ?
Moving or changing things in your home folder can cause all sorts of problems. (I know I've tried that)
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Yeah, in each of the INBOX folders there is a file called info.plist and a folder with the messages for the account in...

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Click on the messages folder is that empty ? you should see (Well I do)several files (This is your mail) number a "xxx.emix" for example click on one if you have one there . ?

If you see nothing I'm not sure what to suggest
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Hi sorry for the delay in replying - I got no email for some reason.

Yes all my email (xxx.emix files) are in the messages folders.
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Just bumping this up to the top...

Kilted1?

Anyone?

Please - this problem is bugging me!
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When you click on one can you read it (The xxx.emix file). It appears as an ordinary mail
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Thanks for posting.

Yes - when I click the xxx.emix file it opens in mail and I can read it as mail.
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The only thing I can think of is move the info.plist for that mBox to the desktop and see what happens....However I have no idea what will happen. It's worth a try.

RE launch mail and see
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Before I start moving stuff around - what is the info.plist file?

What would moving it to the desktop possibly achieve?
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What should happen is that mail will make a new one and this may solve your problem. If the problem is solved you can trash the old plist.

Another thing I thought about was trying to re import mail. if you go to the file menu and click on import mailbox you may be able to point to the mailbox you want to re import . However I have never used this function so I'm not sure how it will work.

Other than that I'm stumped...Sorry...Maybe one of the others can come to your rescue
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