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Old Nov 20th, 2010, 01:14 PM   #1
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remove duplicate email messages

I'm in the process of moving stuff from one computer to another and am having problems with Mail. I would love to have an exact duplicate of my Mail of the ex-machine but I've played around with library files and now I have duplicates of stuff that I don't want and don't have messages that I do want to have. Mail so far has been the worst part of changing computers. I could have simply "migrated" but I didn't want to transfer junky stuff. So I've done it file/folder by file/folder and it's been a bit frustrating. Finally, here's the question: does anyone know of a good script for removing duplicate (not just with the same header) email messages? Thanks for your help.
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Old Nov 20th, 2010, 01:30 PM   #2
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I'd clear out the 'new' machine and start again. See instructions here. On the 'new' machine, delete the files/folders indicated in the instructions and then replace them with the ones from the old machine.
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Old Nov 20th, 2010, 02:31 PM   #3
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do as you like, but if it were me, i'd clean house on your old computer, do a wipe and re-install of the new machine, and then use migration assistant.
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Old Nov 21st, 2010, 08:01 AM   #4
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Thanks for info mkolesa & rgrary. I have now spent too much time reorganizing to turn back. I was hoping someone might know of a good script that would weed out duplicates.
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Old Nov 21st, 2010, 10:06 AM   #5
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No help to the original poster but others may benefit; the procedure is clone, test clone, then tinker. That way you can always get back to GO.
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Old Nov 24th, 2010, 02:00 PM   #6
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Well, I got tired of my programs not working so I decided to do a migration. TWO days later...Yeah, it took a long time and was reliant on the internet for speed, so I'm sure that was not optimal. Anyway, everything is working and I'm promising to keep my email organized!! I found a script on the internet to help with duplicate messages.
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Old Dec 16th, 2010, 08:04 AM   #7
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I'm in the process of moving stuff from one computer to another and am having problems with Mail. I would love to have an exact duplicate of my Mail of the ex-machine but I've played around with library files and now I have duplicates of stuff that I don't want and don't have messages that I do want to have. Mail so far has been the worst part of changing computers. I could have simply "migrated" but I didn't want to transfer junky stuff. So I've done it file/folder by file/folder and it's been a bit frustrating. Finally, here's the question: does anyone know of a good script for removing duplicate files (not just with the same header) email messages? Thanks for your help.
Oh! I'm in the same problem and I hope I will find the answer here......
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Old Dec 16th, 2010, 08:49 AM   #8
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I learned my lesson with mail years ago. NEVER try file by file. Clean it up on the old machine and then enable Target Mode to migrate to the new. That is foolproof, the former is foolhardy.
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Old Dec 16th, 2010, 10:20 AM   #9
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Target mode would be nice but I don't have a firewire port on this machine. (Hey, do they make a USB to Firewire connector?)

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Old Dec 16th, 2010, 11:09 AM   #10
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If you're gonna do it manually, then sort by sender, and use the Command key to multiple-select every other email (duplicate) and press the delete key. This is probably the fastest way to weed it out manually.
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