I configured Mail.app to access my gmail account, and I noticed some messages were "flagged".

I didn't realise this meant "starred in gmail", so I unflagged them.

While I was doing it I realised that: I was able to re-flag some of them, but I wasn't so quick to save them all.

Is there a log somewhere, so that I can restore the flag/star to all of them?

(using Mail 6.6-1510 on OSX 10.8)

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GMail keeps no such logs, and neither does Mail.app

Unfortunately, you're kind of stuck searching for the messages yourself.

If you read a lot of text-based mail, and want a "buffer" of sorts to prevent yourself from doing this in the future, a command line mail client like Alpine can be configured to only synchronize changes like message flags/folders on a configured interval, rather than immediately on the remote side.

Homebrew has a package for it: brew install alpine

  • Given some were more than 10 years old, and I have hundreds of thousands of messages, I'd say they are gone for good :/ I'll leave this open for a while, hoping somehow somebody might have a brilliant idea.
    – o0'.
    Commented Aug 12, 2014 at 15:19

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