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    Cant delete corrupt messages in Mail... Help!

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    Cant delete corrupt messages in Mail... Help!
    This is something I find really annoying. I cant stand the clutter of old messages, so junk mail made a permanent fixture urks me even more.

    I work on 2 machines and they are having similar isues

    1) A Dual 2.3 GHz PowerPC G5
    I have one message stuck in my inbox, when I select it and click delete, it just turns grey. and if i drag the message to the trash nothing happens. When I classify it as junk mail it disapears (does not go to the junk mail folder), but when I go back to the inbox its there again. This message contains no data, nothing shows in the preview panel and I cant find a file for it on the hardrive (Home / Library / Mail)

    2) New 17" macbook pro laptop
    On this machine Im having the same problem as above, but with a couple messages. There is also a bunch of messages in the junk mail folder I cant erase.

    Does anyone have any ideas here? I really dont want to backup / wipe / restore Mail on both computers.

    And with this happening on both my machines, I cant be the only one having this problem...

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    Cant delete corrupt messages in Mail... Help!
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    IMAP or POP3 mail account?

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    Cant delete corrupt messages in Mail... Help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deus_ex_machina View Post
    IMAP or POP3 mail account?
    POP, thanks.

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    Cant delete corrupt messages in Mail... Help!
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    Try hitting ⌘ +'L' or go under View for the option "Show/Hide Deleted Messages"

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    Cant delete corrupt messages in Mail... Help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deus_ex_machina View Post
    Try hitting ⌘ +'L' or go under View for the option "Show/Hide Deleted Messages"
    Nope, its still there.

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    Cant delete corrupt messages in Mail... Help!
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    here are some more suggestions to try.

    TidBITS - Can't Delete Mail from Apple Mail

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    Cant delete corrupt messages in Mail... Help!
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    Also right-click on the account and choose erase delete message (if that's an option)

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    Cant delete corrupt messages in Mail... Help!

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    I found a solution at the link you provided... Thank you!

    All i had to do was rebuild the mailbox (mailbox / rebuild)

    This fixed the problem on my desktop at work. Hopefully it will do the same for my laptop at home, those corrupt emails are in the junk mail folder as well.

    Thanks again, you rock!

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