[clug] Converting mailboxes to IMAP

Michael Manning michael at michaelmanning.org
Thu Jul 1 00:50:02 GMT 2004

Following from what Mikal has said....
I have also used evolution to view my local /var/spool file as a mail
account and also setup up an IMAP mail account on the destination server
in the same client. Then it is just a case of drag and drop.

On Thu, 2004-07-01 at 07:31, Michael Still wrote:
> Burn Alting wrote:
> > One of the differences is that, rather than the simple pop3 mail system
> > I served my family's Windoze boxes with, Fedora only provides pop3 via
> > the Cyrus IMAP mail system.
> mboxes (to which you refer) are the r0x0r. I'm now using dovecot with 
> mboxes as my imap server, and it's really nice. You might want to check 
> the dovecot website / fedora for a package.
> > I've worked out how to create the mail accounts under Cyrus IMAP and
> > feed the IMAP mailboxes via postfix, but my problem is that I have a few
> > mailboxes in the old format living in /var/spool/mail.
> > 
> > There must be a 'conversion' tool but I can't find any documentation for
> > one. I can always re-forward the mail to my users (everyone else at home
> > who only use Windoze to read their mail), but surely there must be a
> > command like
> Not that I'm aware of... Basically you want to convert mbox to maildir. 
> There are perl scripts, but they're scary. You're probably best of doing 
> something like running dovecot on a laptop which you mboxes, and then 
> using offlineimap (which is quite nice too) to copy the mail to your 
> courier server.
> While I'm at it, my offline email reading on my laptop has me really 
> happy at the moment. I run dovecot on a server at home, and on the 
> laptop. I use offlineimap to sync the mail between them (I've been using 
> it for a couple of weeks, and it just works). I have exim configured to 
> use one of my servers at home as a smarthost, and that has the side 
> effect that _all_ of my mail tools just work (SMTP server is localhost), 
> and when I connect runq forwards all the mail upline.
> Cheers,
> Mikal
Michael Manning
Red Hat Certified Engineer
email: michael at michaelmanning.org

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