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Since Mail.app had trouble connecting to the various accounts, I tried to 'reset' it by removing all accounts and the stored passwords in Keychain Access.app. Then I re-added all the mail accounts.

However, for some reason all configured rules were deleted too, even though they are not directly tied to a specific mail account.

Where are these rules stored so that I can restore them from a time machine backup?

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The rules are stored in a property list at:

~/Library/Mail/V2/MailData/SyncedRules.plist 
  1. Restore this file from a backup.
  2. Restart Mail.app.
  3. Re-enable the rules.
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