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    "Mail cannot update your mailbox because your home directory is full"

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    "Mail cannot update your mailbox because your home directory is full"
    So i get the following message when I try and open mail:

    "Mail cannot update your mailbox because your home directory is full: You must free up space in your home folder before using mail. Delete unneeded documents or move documents to another volume"

    I have over 5GB in hard disk space left.

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    "Mail cannot update your mailbox because your home directory is full"
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    Well, you have 5GB but the system uses a fair amount of space as virtual memory. It's recommend to leave around 10% of your drive space free for such occasions.

    I'd try to remove some files you don't need and give it another try.
    Search around, there are a ton of space saving hints in older forum threads!

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    "Mail cannot update your mailbox because your home directory is full"
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    Running with 5GB can be frustrating at times. As Aptmunich said, OS X allocates space dynamically for the virtual memory. If it can't find enough, you would see the "Beachball" running more often than normal. I would suggest you to free some space or transfer some of the big files to an external HD.

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    "Mail cannot update your mailbox because your home directory is full"

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    ok so i got rid of some stuff and now i gave over 15gb of space and I am still having the problem.

    Just got rid of more stuff...23gb of space

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    "Mail cannot update your mailbox because your home directory is full"
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    Have you tired repairing permissions?

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    "Mail cannot update your mailbox because your home directory is full"

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    how do i repair the permissions?

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    "Mail cannot update your mailbox because your home directory is full"
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    Open Applications/Utilities/DiskUtility.app
    Select the HDD from the left column
    Click on "Repair Disk Permissions"
    After its completed restart the MB.(Just in case.....)

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    "Mail cannot update your mailbox because your home directory is full"

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    I am still having the same problems.

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    "Mail cannot update your mailbox because your home directory is full"

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    Ok I found out what the problem is
    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=304807

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    "Mail cannot update your mailbox because your home directory is full"
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    Ah - well done!

    Plus now you have plenty of room again as well!

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