Transferring mail

John R. Sowden jsowden at
Thu Jun 30 20:41:47 BST 2005

On Thursday 30 June 2005 12:37, Kevin Krammer wrote:
> On Wednesday 29 June 2005 22:17, John R. Sowden wrote:
> >  I need to transfer my stored email (kmail) on my Suse 8.0 machine to my
> > new Suse 9.3 box.  What I have to transfer with is a DVD-RAM drive/media.
> >  How do I do this without wiping out my new mail, keeping indices intact,
> > etc.
> The part about new mails on the new installation makes this a little bit
> difficult.
> If your old ~/Mail only contained mbox file, you can import them in KMail
> through Tools->Import messages (translated from German to English, might be
> named slightly different)
> Actually mbox names that are not yet used in the new ~/Mail could be copied
> into the directory (while KMail is not running) and KMail will see them on
> the next startup.
> For a setup with maildir in both installations you could try this:
> - tar the old Mail dir
> - create mbox folders for each folder in your current installation
> - copy all messages into that mbox folders
> - shutdown KMail
> - remove Mail directory
> - untar old Mail
> - import new mail from their mbox files.
> Having a backup of both would be a good idea :)
> Cheers,
> Kevin
Thanks, you've given me a place to start.  How do I know if I am using the 
mbox vs. maildir format? Just seeing a file call mbox?

John R. Sowden
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