Initially I wanted to have a mail rule triggering an apple script to save specific mail attachments to my desktop for further processing. While fiddling around I tried to debug wether the script was faulty or if mail rules where screwing up (or me, for a matter of fact). So I set up a simple rule to test:
If subject line equals “test” flag mail with green flag marker.
To test, I sent myself a mail from my account resulting in the mail not being flagged. If I alter the rule and confirm “apply to all existing mails” the exact same message receives the flag. If I now send the exact mail again it will work automatically when the mail finds its way into my inbox. If I try it a third time it will not be flagged.
Seemed strange, so I asked my girlfriend to send me two or three separate mails with the subject line “test” and it got flagged every time.
Between myself testing and asking my girlfriend I thought something was wrong with mail, so I went ahead and cleared all preferences while starting mail up, and even followed some articles asking to delete plist files and so on… This didn’t have any positive effects.
All this is happening on macOS Version 10.14.4 (18E226) and mail Version 12.4 (3445.104.8) with a personal gmail account connected. The external mail was also sent through mail on macOS and an attached gmail account.
Since mails from an external sender got processed I thought I’d give the download script another chance, which unfortunately did not work. I can’t credit anyone due to it being found on the interwebs but I’ll post it here, anyway. Maybe someone has an idea and could check if it works.
use AppleScript version "2.4" use scripting additions using terms from application "Mail" on perform mail action with messages messageList in mailboxes mbox for rule aRule -- Save on DesktopPath set desktopPath to (path to desktop) as string tell application "Mail" set selectedMessages to the selection repeat with aMessage in selectedMessages repeat with anAttachment in mail attachments of aMessage set attachmentName to name of anAttachment save anAttachment in file (desktopPath & attachmentName) end repeat end repeat end tell end perform mail action with messages end using terms from
If you read this far: thanks for taking the time. I appreciate it and of course any hints and thoughts on why my self-sent mails are not being processed but external ones are, as well as why the script might not work.
Phew …that was longer than intended, but since this is my first post on MPU and I didn’t quite find similar issues I really wanted to give all information possible. If I did miss an obvious post/solution, please feel free to delete this issue and redirect me.
Best wishes to all of you,
PS: I have already found plenty of great information here as a silent reader and am happy to finally take a step into participation. This is a great forum!