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Changing the RSS refresh rate in Apple Mail

I use Apple’s Mail App as my primary mail client on both my personal and work mac’s, and for both machines I have various RSS Feeds subscribed.
I use apple mail as an RSS Client for a couple of reasons,

1) I just like how it works
2) its not just one more application I have to have open.

Recently though, I have found that none of the 30 or so feeds I am subscribed to were pulling any new posts.
I found this Odd, espically I know that multiple of them update daily. I did a bit of digging around, and have found a simple terminal command to alter the refresh rate that Mail will check for feed updates.

The default time is 30 minutes, admin the preferences you can set it to manually, 30 minutes, hourly or daily.

Apple Mail RSS Refresh Rate

Apple Mail RSS Refresh Rate

I changed these around then back to 30 minutes, and waiting an hour, but still NO feeds were updating.

After a little more digging, I found a terminal command that you can specify and refresh rate.

Specify the Refresh rate in Terminal !

  1. Quit Mail
  2. Open Terminal – /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app
  3. Type:
    defaults write com.apple.mail RSSPollTime xx

    ** Replace the ‘nn’ with minutes, EG:

    defaults write com.apple.mail RSSPollTime 20
  4. Open Mail

This worked for me, and within the next 20 mintues, I had all the posts that I was missing for the last week that I didn’t get any.

Pretty lucky, as I was missing out some some pretty good stuff!

Hack Safari to open links in new tabs, not new windows

Safari (by default) will open certain links (e.g. target=”_blank”) in a new browser window instead of a new tab even if you have your preferences set no too. Fortunately, there is a hidden preference you can set to force Safari to behave.

If you run this command in Terminal /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app

defaults write com.apple.Safari TargetedClicksCreateTabs -bool true

to disable this afterwards, change the true on the end to false.

I have tested this on Safari Mac 2, 3 and 4 Beta.