GrowlMail + Lots of Emails = Epic Fail

Yes, I said epic fail. Only because I suggested Growl (and consequently, GorwlMail which comes bundled) I figured I needed to write this. I just switched Gmail from POP to IMAP. IMAP allows multiple computers (or PDAs, etc.) to check the mail and sync it with the other devices. With POP the email is downloaded, and that’s it. With IMAP, for example, if I moved a message to another folder on my BlackBerry, it would be moved to that folder on my computer when I got home. With POP the message on my computer and on the internet would be where it was originally. But I digress. I use Apple Mail.app, and have installed GrowlMail, which gives me Growl alerts whenever I get a new email. Since changing from POP to IMAP involves deleting an account from Mail.app and creating a new one, I suddenly had 2,000+ new messages. This caused GrowlMail to want to display a new alert every second, which caused Mail.app to crash. After doing some research, I found that GrowlMail is stored in /Library/Mail/Bundles/GrowlMail.mailbundle. I simply moved this to my desktop, and launched Mail.app. No more crashing, and the Gmail account was able to straighten itself out. I then moved GrowlMail back into the Bundles folder, and all’s well.

About Edward Carlson

Film and television Director of Photography working in Los Angeles, CA.
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