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Mac DOS: No Error Message if Invalid Value in MAIL.INI

Article ID: 39300

Article Last Modified on 10/30/2006


  • Microsoft Mail for AppleTalk Networks 1.37

This article was previously published under Q39300


When you modify the MAIL.INI file for Microsoft Mail (PC Client) to change the default settings for starting a Mail session, and you enter an invalid value for an option, no appropriate error message will be displayed upon starting Mail.

NOTE: This article applies only to Mail version 1.37. An invalid character in the MAIL.INI file for Mail version 2.00 or 3.00 will generate an error message.

To avoid this problem, do not change the MAIL.INI file using a text-editor program like the DOS line-editor program Edlin. Instead, change your AppleTalk network zone, network server, and color display settings by rerunning the Setup program. Print options (margins, printer port, etc.) can be changed within Mail from the File menu using the Print Options selection. Do not change the default file types for file attachments.


For more information on Edlin, see your MS-DOS manual. For information on changing the zone= and server= statements of the MAIL.INI file, read the section titled "Installing a Microsoft Mail PC Workstation" on Page 4 of the "Microsoft Mail User's Guide."

Additional query words: 1.37

Keywords: KB39300