mail.app Version 3.1

I have been using Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5) for multiple weeks now, and I am absolutely fed up with Mail.app (others are as well). I rely heavily on email for all aspects of my business, and I finally had to resort to using webmail today so I would not waste any more time troubleshooting and manually clicking on all my IMAP folders to see if I had new messages in them (something is broken with showing the “Unread” status. On top of that fun, Mail.app hangs multiple times a day, and I noticed today, the mail activity monitor (within the left column of mail) does not match the separate mail activity window if you have both open at the same time. I was hoping Mac OS X 10.5.1 would resolve some issues, but frankly I have been having more issues! Serenity now!

Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) SMB Fix

I ran into an issue earlier today where I could not connect to a SMB share after my upgrade to Mac OS X 10.5. After some research, I found a thread in Apple’s Discussions.

Basically…you need to not use “Connect to Server…” – you need to mount/unmount the SMB share via the command line.

Basic Mount/Unmount Process

  1. Create a directory (folder) where you want the mounted share to appear. I created a folder called “SMB” on my Desktop
  2. Type in the following command: mount_smbfs //[email protected]/remote_share /Users/useyourusername/Desktop/SMB in the terminal
  3. You will be prompted for your password, type it in
  4. You now have access to the files on the remote server in the folder you created – enjoy!
  5. Once you are done, unmount the server by typing in the command: umount /Users/useyourusername/Desktop/SMB

Hopefully Apple will fix this issue ASAP, but until they do, you now have a way to connect to servers via SMB.

Mac OS X 10.5 Issues: Very Few

I have been using Mac OS X 10.5 now on my MacBook Pro for a week to test everything out before I upgraded my main development environment. I only found a few issues and they were pretty easy to fix.

  1. Text Wrangler via Cyberduck would not update any files after I made changes. I looked at a similar bug report, and updated my version of Cyberduck to the latest nightly build (2.8.1(3268)) and have not had any issues since.
  2. Amy had a mail issue after the “archive and install” upgrade where the “Send” button was greyed out, but after seeing she did not have a SMTP server configured, the problem was quickly resolved.
  3. GrowlMail was disabled when Mail.app started up, but the latest update (1.1.2) took care of that issue.

Everything else is running smoothly, and I will most likely update my main development computer over the weekend. Nice work Apple!