Fixing Apple Mac Mail IMAP error

One day, after making the switch to using Apple Mac Mail coupled with IMAP retrieval through Google Apps, I was unpleasantly surprised by a “goobledigook” error message.

Sure it beats the Microsoft error messages of “An exception 06 has occured at 0028:C11B3ADC” (Do I locate that on Google maps? Or is that on someone’s Tee?), but it was still pretty darn foreign to me.

Microsoft mystery exception errors

Microsoft mystery exception errors

After doing some research, I found the solution, which was hidden under a haystack, under another haystack. In case you encounter an error message like the following, I will share the solution with you – “Some actions taken while the account your-account was offline could not be completed online.” and “Mail has undone actions on some messages so that you can redo the actions while online.”

Just follow these instructions, and you’ll be fine.

1. Be not afraid. You may never have used Terminal or even heard of it before.

2. Close Apple Mac Mail. Force Quit, if you need to.

3. In Finder, navigate to Applications and Utilities. Look for Terminal and run it.

4. From the blank screen, follow the instructions below.

Instructions in Terminal to solve the IMAP problem

5. Start your Apple Mac Mail again and rejoice! It should have been fixed.

P.S. Perhaps the error could have arisen because I was sending out a 50MB email and didn’t have enough time to let it complete. I shut my notebook, and hopped into the car. From there on, I was using my iPhone for mail and Twitter too, of course!

5 Comments

  1. priscila gonzaga - January 11, 2011

    Thanks veeeeeery much! It really looked like a secret, i was the whole day around with the problem…!

  2. priscila gonzaga - January 12, 2011

    Thanks veeeeeery much! It really looked like a secret, i was the whole day around with the problem…!

  3. Sblafren - January 25, 2011

    Dude, you totally rock, fixed my issues! -SL

  4. Sblafren - January 26, 2011

    Dude, you totally rock, fixed my issues! -SL

  5. Nico - April 5, 2012

    Thank you fellow!
    It really safed my ass

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