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"I.E.Broadbent" 11-21-2007 04:12 PM

Moving email files from an old Evolution to a new Version
 
I've replaced my old clunker P3 machine running Mandrake10 with a new
shiny box with AMD64 dualcore with Debian.
My mail records on the old machine run to almost half a gig and span
more than 40 local directories under the inbox and go back quite a few
years.
I presumed that the 'import' routine on Evolution would be able to
import the files for storage and use on the new box.... but it appears
that Evolution will only import from 'other' programmes and not from
it's own older versions.

I have read some similar responses which say that you need to manually
recreate every directory and hand copy the emails. Surely not?

Anyone know how to solve this problem?

Many thanks, Ian


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Ron Johnson 11-21-2007 04:54 PM

Moving email files from an old Evolution to a new Version
 
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On 11/21/07 11:12, I.E.Broadbent wrote:
> I've replaced my old clunker P3 machine running Mandrake10 with a new
> shiny box with AMD64 dualcore with Debian.
> My mail records on the old machine run to almost half a gig and span

*Only* 512MB?

> more than 40 local directories under the inbox and go back quite a few
> years.
> I presumed that the 'import' routine on Evolution would be able to
> import the files for storage and use on the new box.... but it appears
> that Evolution will only import from 'other' programmes and not from
> it's own older versions.
>
> I have read some similar responses which say that you need to manually
> recreate every directory and hand copy the emails. Surely not?
>
> Anyone know how to solve this problem?

What happens if you cp (or tar/detar) the whole mail tree directly
to the new location? (I'd then rm the co-located index files. Evo
should then recreate them.)

The geeky thing to do would be to turn your P3 into a satellite
relay mail server by converting the mbox files to Maildir, then
install/config courier-imap, postfix, fetchmail, spamassassin and
maildrop.

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Jefferson LA USA

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