Reason of Apple Mail starts automatically
Previously I met the problem that the Apple Mail application starts automatically. I tracked the history for a few days and now I find out the reason. Here under is my analyze:
So I check the system log in Console. I found out an error of iCal occurred at the same time that Mail run. When I look into the details, yes, it was there, iCal called a function to run Mail to send a email out. Since I have never set up an account in Mail, it pops up an notice to let me set one. The log also recorded what kind of mail iCal wanted to send. Then everything is clear: I sync the iCal to my google calendar, my google calendar has a series of email reminders to send to myself. While google has it's own mechanism to send them out, iCal uses Apple Mail.
This is just a specific problem. But the way of wisely using the Console and tracking down the history is the key to find out the reason for most problems.
- There was no sign that the Apple Mail run in a fixed frequency.
- The chance of virus is slim too. Because virus often hides itself when doing anything bad like sending email to all contacts. And in another hand, OS X is much safer than Windows at present and no too much virus is reported so far.
- It could be triggered by some application that I had to find out.
You see, there is only one constant, one universal, it is the only real truth: causality. Action. Reaction. Cause and effect.
-- The Matrix Reloaded