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While we don’t rely solely on Gmail for our email needs, many users do — and much to their chagrin, they’re discovering that Google’s service isn’t quite getting along with the latest OS X Mavericks.
TidBITS is reporting that Apple has changed the way Gmail accounts work with the version of Mail.app included on OS X Mavericks, and it’s sending many longtime Gmail users in search of a third-party email solution.
The issue stems from the way Google has implemented IMAP for Gmail, which in previous versions of OS X were more complicated, but workable. With the arrival of OS X Mavericks, Gmail users are finding things a bit of a mess as a result, with the old methods throwing a monkey wrench into the situation.
Where users were previously advised to hide Gmail’s All Mail label to avoid Mail.app downloading all of those emails to the Mac, apparently that’s now the only solution for avoiding archived messages from reappearing in the inbox later on.
“I reported this to Apple as a bug, and it was marked as a duplicate, which means only that I wasn’t the first person to report it, not necessarily that Apple is planning to fix it,” laments TidBITS’ Joe Kissell. “The only way to ‘solve’ this problem is to re-enable All Mail (which, by the way, affects all IMAP clients, not just Mail).”
Unfortunately, in Kissell’s case, that move triggered Mail.app to download 321,000 Gmail messages stored on the service, for a net loss of 4GB of hard drive space. Oddly, the issue doesn’t affect all Gmail users equally, so your mileage may vary. (We didn’t see any such problem after re-enabling our All Mail filter, for example.)
There are plenty of other issues Kissell documents about Mail.app and OS X Mavericks, so the entire TidBITS post is well worth a read for users who may also be having issues.
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