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I use Eudora 4.2 on a beige G3, OS9.1. The other day, I opened an old e-mail, and it was a mess. I know the mailbox is basically a text file, and it looked like it has lost whatever tells it where one message begins and the previous ends. Now the older messages look like a random sampling of the mailbox file. Any ideas as to the problem? Is it Eudora or my hard drive? Thanks for any thoughts, Kishin...

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    Default Old Eudora messages scrambled

    I use Eudora 4.2 on a beige G3, OS9.1. The other day, I opened an old
    e-mail, and it was a mess. I know the mailbox is basically a text file,
    and it looked like it has lost whatever tells it where one message
    begins and the previous ends. Now the older messages look like a random
    sampling of the mailbox file.

    Any ideas as to the problem? Is it Eudora or my hard drive?

    Thanks for any thoughts,

    Kishin
    Kishin Guest

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    Default Re: Old Eudora messages scrambled

    In article <jdm-7B5C55.09493124062003peabody.colorado.edu>,
    James Meiss <jdmNOSPAM.invalid> wrote:
    > Ages ago I had a crash in an old version of eudora that corrupted some
    > of my mailbox files...and saw what you see.
    >
    > I was doing a "compact mailboxes" command, and Eudora ran out of memory
    > or something in the middle. Some of my mailboxes were irretrievably
    > messed up.
    >
    > You might try compacting the mailbox (I think Eudora 4 has the
    > box at the lower left of the mailbox window that lists # of messages,
    > etc...click on this).
    >
    > Alternatively, you might remove the ".toc" file (I think this older
    > version of Eudora used separate files for its mailbox table of contents)
    > with the same name as the mailbox in question. Then on next open, Eudora
    > will rebuild the toc
    >
    > Finally, since, yes the mailbox is a text file, you might open it with a
    > text processor, copy all the messages, and past them into a new text
    > file. Put this file back in your Eudora folder so that Eudora will think
    > it is a mailbox, and build a new toc. (Newer versions of Eudora put the
    > toc in the resource fork of the mailbox, so my trick is to get you to
    > discard that information).
    >
    > None of this may work, however, if your text is hosed like mine was.
    Thanks a lot, James! These sound like some great suggestions, and I will
    give them a try.

    Kishin
    Kishin Guest

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