[kde-linux] Exporting mails from kmail

John Andersen jsa at pen.homeip.net
Sat Jul 7 02:19:05 UTC 2007

On Friday 06 July 2007, david wrote:
> Jens Stroebel wrote:
> > As a side-note: when I first read this thread I already thought
> > "kmail speaks IMAP, set up an IMAP server and push them there, then
> > you can import them with any client", but thought it to maybe be too
> > much of an effort for migrating between mail-clients.
> > But regarding your usage-scenario, I'd do it.
> I've done that, and I'm no mail geek. Of course, that was Mercury/32,
> David Harris' excellent mail server for Win32 systems, which might be
> easier to set up than other mail servers.
> You could even set up your IMAP server on your own computer, and just
> keep your mail there. Then you could get it using any old mail client
> you felt like using or even just trying out ...

Setting up Imap (on whatever machine is most convenient) is the best
way to go.  Its a standardized approach, not a hack, and with a modicum
of inward routing on your router you can access it from anywhere, even
while traveling.

Once set up, you can simply 
1) Add the Imap server to Kmail
2) Add the Imap server to any other clients (Even (horrors) Outlook)
3) Drag entire local folders to the Imap account (sub)folders.
4) Delete all local mail folders from the other clients.
5) Plan, Schedule, and Implement a Backup scheme.

I've done this with SLES and also with 10.2 using Cyrus.
Its rock solid, and I even access it from my cell phone.

John Andersen

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