After Yosemite update Mail crashes as soon as I open with an 'Absolute path' error. I've tried all the usual things

  • removing the Envelop Index (hangs without crashing)
  • turning off all the mail accounts in System Preferences

The error message indicates its an issue with some IMAP account but I still have a POP account that I need to keep, so I can't just delete the ~/Library/Mail folder. Is there a way to delete the IMAP accounts by editing the plist files.

Terminating app due to uncaught exception 'NSInternalInconsistencyException', reason: 'Absolute path passed into -[MFIMAPAccount mailboxForRelativePath:isFilesystemPath:create:]: //Archive' abort() called

  • If you can't delete it, why not just move ~/Library/Mail instead then?
    – Fyrefly
    Commented Oct 20, 2014 at 15:17
  • I can't delete it because it would mean losing my POP mail. Of course I can delete it, I don't want to delete it!
    – Gazzer
    Commented Oct 20, 2014 at 15:53
  • Hence why I recommend moving it.
    – Fyrefly
    Commented Oct 20, 2014 at 15:54
  • But then how do I get the pop emails back into mail.
    – Gazzer
    Commented Oct 20, 2014 at 17:18

2 Answers 2


Go to Settings -> Internet Accounts -> Delete / Disable your email.

  • This is what I mentioned in the original question but you stating to actually delete the accounts (just the IMAP ones) actually worked.
    – Gazzer
    Commented Oct 20, 2014 at 17:48

Removing the rules worked for me. Imap accounts did crash mail with me too. Tried every solution I could find. At last removing rules did the trick for me.

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