So I am feeling a bit vindicated. I was noticing last fall a problem on 1 of my machines. I would get a phone call asking me why I haven’t done X or responded to X. Shut down my mail and restart and suddenly I have 7 new emails. When the second machine started doing it w a fresh nuke-and-pave install of Mavericks- I knew it probably wasn’t me. A couple of forum searches let me know I was not alone in my frustration. The only problem is those dickheads just complain about how useless Apple is in writing their own software. Listen nerd boy, I don’t want to use fucking Outlook on my mac.
Anyhoos- heres the temporary fix from Cupertino until they fix it in an OS X update:
OS X: New email messages not received until Mail is quit and reopened
For some email providers, new email messages in Mail may only appear to arrive when Mail is first opened. No new email arrives until Mail is quit and reopened.
Quitting and reopening Mail forces it to re-establish a connection to the email server. You can use these steps to receive new mail messages without quitting Mail:
- Choose Mailbox > Take All Accounts Offline.
- Choose Mailbox > Get All New Mail.
As a shortcut, you can also add the Take All Accounts Offline and Get Mail buttons to your Mail toolbar.
- Choose View > Customize Toolbar.
- Drag the Take All Accounts Offline button to the Toolbar if it is not there already.
- Drag the Get Mail button to the Toolbar if it is not there already.
- Click Done
To receive new mail messages, click the Take Offline button, then click the Check Mail button.