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Re: Splitting old mailboxes by date the easy way...

  • Subject: Re: Splitting old mailboxes by date the easy way...
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 26 May 2006 13:50:11 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
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__/ [ Mark Kent ] on Friday 26 May 2006 08:59 \__

> begin  oe_protect.scr
> Roy Culley <rgc@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> begin  risky.vbs
>> <o69gk3-opi.ln1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
>> Mark Kent <mark.kent@xxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>>> I've built up some large mailboxes over the years, and it was time
>>> to split and gzip them.  The usual approach I've seen is based
>>> around formail, but that's not particularly easy to use for this.
>>> Debian has a package called "archivemail" which is ideal.  A short
>>> script does the trick:
>> [snip]
>> Use an MUA that handles [n]mh folders such as exmh, sylpheed,
>> evolution. Each email is in a separate file. Procmail supports [n]mh
>> folders so great filtering capability when incorporating new email.
>> Then you have the power of CLI utilities to do archiving, etc.
> I think email/file model is superior, but I'm somewhat held to ransom by
> decisions taken many years ago, by, err, me...
My  own  habits  are  quite different. I prefer  using  the  GUI  wherever
possible.  Once in a few months (whenenver the PDA alerts me), I just grab
monthly messages and toss them in appropriate subdirectories, where all is
stored in mbox format. It takes just a couple of minutes. Given a sensible
boxes  hierarchy, you get logical physical (as in filesystem  directories)
and  virtual structure. This enables you to search mail more easily,  with
the  exclusion  of certain accounts/months/year/whatever. A simple  script
can  compress these, if needed. These is a good one-to-one  correspondence
between  the way in which mail is stored on the hard-drive and the way  it
is  interpreted  by  the mail client, be it Thunderbird,  or  Neomail,  or
Sqirrelmail, or Horde, or KMail, to name the ones I have. This demonstates
the power of standardisation, too.

Just my 2 cents... sorry I couldn't include some fun script. I'm a GUI man
and I only use MHonArc (Perl) on occasions for mail to HTML conversion.

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