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Old 07-02-2008, 12:52 PM
Ray Leventhal
 
Default SOLVED extract MIME attachments from 700MB imap folder

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Hi Les,

Thanks for your reply.

I'm wholly ignorant of how to go about doing this using your
suggestion. Are there resources to which you might point me for
additional info?


That was the whole perl program needed to split the body of a message
and any MIME attachments into separate files, given one email message
on standard input. If that doesn't make sense, you'll probably have
to start with the 'learning perl' book or any general perl
programming tutorials. There are some details about the Mime::Tools
package and how to use the components here:
http://search.cpan.org/~doneill/MIME-tools/



Thanks, Les. I'm digging into the docs now.

Solution was easier than I'd expected. I implemented Les' perl mime
extractor script with slight mods so that on a go-forward, this will
happen without intervention.


For the 700MB imap folder of historical docs, I used a thunderbird
add-on called 'extract attachments' which does just what it says. Got
over 1300 docs in less than 10 mins simply by subscribing to the folder
and running the add-on.


Thanks for the script and docs pointer, Les.

-Ray
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