Apple Mail To Do Mailbox + IMAP

Can someone tell me how to make this annoying dialog box stop popping up in Apple’s It started appearing after the 10.5.2 upgrade.


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a on February 18, 2008 - 14:41 Permalink

I assume you have tried both the “change” and don’t change button?

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Peter Rukavina on February 18, 2008 - 15:42 Permalink

Neither the “Change” nor the “Don’t Change” button has any effect.

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Peter Rukavina on February 19, 2008 - 15:40 Permalink

Okay, here’s what I’ve been able to find out.

In the old days, before the Mac OS 10.5.2 update, it was possible to set the “IMAP Path Prefix” in to nothing (i.e. blank). The effect of this was to have the given IMAP account’s mail appear as a sub-folder of the main inbox. And all was well.

With the 10.5.2 update, although it’s still possible to set the “IMAP Path Prefix” to blank and get the old behaviour, if you do this you get the pop-up dialog I was getting. Over and over and over again.

If you change the “IMAP Path Prefix” to “INBOX” then the dialog stops popping up, but the IMAP account now appears as a sort of “standalone” mailbox in the left-hand sidebar list of folders. Not a problem unless it’s not what you’re used to. Also, I found that changing the “IMAP Path Prefix” to “INBOX” caused to crash or hang the first couple of times I tried it. It seems to have to rebuild the entire mailbox with the “IMAP Path Prefix” changes, which also causes a lot of Spotlight re-indexing.

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Alexander on May 23, 2008 - 07:15 Permalink

The behaviour is exactly as described in your lst comment.

Have you found a solution to this annoyance yet?
I found a hint involving setting the ToDo Mailbox’s INBOXpath in my Mail plist file, but it has not worked for me.