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Empty 80,000 messages from Sent mailbox on Mail.app

Hey,

I have 80,000 sent messages in my Mail.app , i need to empty my Sent messages but i am not able to Select All and Delete, the application is simply crashing. I even tried deleting by small bulks but that is taking ages and still not working because sometimes mail is crashing.

What i was able to do was Delete the retrieved messages from /Library/Mail but my problem is that they are still showing inside the application, i cannot preview them since the actual messages have been deleted.

So is there a way to remove all those entries ?

I am using Mac OS X Server 10.4.11

Mail.app version 2.1.3 (753.1)

Thanks in advance
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jmhabis2
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jhyieslaCommented:
You could try going to Finder and going to Username->library->mail and finding the deleted items folder associated with the account.  You should be able to delete the files from there.
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jhyieslaCommented:
Make sure that you shut down mail first and have a backup just in case.
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jmhabis2Author Commented:
my problem is that i am not being able to run the delete action from Mail in the first place, the application is crashing when i do so...
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jhyieslaCommented:
What I am saying is to shut down Mail and navigate to the files in Finder and delete them from there.
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jmhabis2Author Commented:
I already did that, i deleted the physical files. But once i re-open mail, tehy are still showing in the Sent mailbox, that is my main problem.
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jhyieslaCommented:
Have you tried renaming the Sent items folder in Finder and then starting Mail to see if it will create a new folder?
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jmhabis2Author Commented:
I renamed the folder, it recreated the folder once i re-entered Mail but the entries were still there.
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jhyieslaCommented:
Assuming that you are working with the Sent Items folder associated with that account and you are still seeing messages even after you have deleted then in Finder, try this. Open Mail and select the account in question. Then go to the Menu, select Mailbox and then Rebuild.
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strungCommented:
How are you connecting to your mail server? If you are on an exchange server or IMAP, the sent messages you see may be stored on the remote mail server, not on your Mac.
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strungCommented:
If the sent mail is on the remote mail server, trying logging in using webmail and delete the messages that way.
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jmhabis2Author Commented:
It took 5 hours to complete, but rebuilding the mailbox did the trick! thanks jhyiesla
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