Nick Flood posts a problem in the user forums at HEXUS:
I stupidly deleted mail.app and I now need it. I can’t find the download anywhere on the internet.
Can anyone help me out?
Once upon a time, you had to get hold of Pacifist , a neat little app that extracts applications from packages, disk images and archives.
You could use it to navigate through your original OS X discs to find Mail.app, extract and install it.
But now (and not everyone knows this) there is an easier way.
Tiger allows for the “custom installation” of individual apps without the need for third-party helpers.
Just insert your installation disks and follow the instructions in this Apple technote, “Custom installs in Mac OS X 10.4″ :
This custom reinstall option can also be used with Address Book, iCal, iChat, iTunes and Safari.
Of course, sometimes Mail.app is so buggered up with hacks, scripts, plugins and add-ons that you may want to delete it and re-install on purpose.
An earlier Hawk Wings post (see “The Final Solution: Reinstalling Mail.app“) covers the steps to do that successfully.
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Tags: Address Book, Apple Mail, custom install, iCal, iChat, iTunes, mail.app, reinstall, Safari