[clug] Converting mailboxes to IMAP

Kim Holburn kim.holburn at anu.edu.au
Thu Jul 1 00:53:43 GMT 2004

One simple way and usually the best if you can do it is to use email 
clients.  In this case get PCPine, set it up to read mail, work out 
where it stores it's local mail and drop the mailbox into the place it 
stores local mail (if it's windows we're talking about here you may 
need to massage end of line from unix to pc(on unix: perl -pi.bak -e 
's/\n/\r\n/g' mailbox).  Give the mbox a special name - like old-mail 
or something, fire up PCPine and move all the mail to the new folders.

This method never has problems with formats because it is using the 
server to do the work.

It's better if you use the old server to read the email into pine 

On 2004 Jun 30, , at 11:44 PM, Burn Alting wrote:

> Hi Peoples,
> I've just upgraded one of my boxes running Redhat 9 to Fedora Core 2.
> 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.
> 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
> 	feed_the_imap_server < /var/spool/mail/jack
> 	rm /var/spool/mail/jack
> Can someone point me to the right tool?
> Thanks in advance
> Burn
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