[Dovecot] Import from Evolution
Patrick Ben Koetter
p at state-of-mind.de
Sun Jun 17 01:04:31 EEST 2012
* Jonathan Ryshpan <jonrysh at pacbell.net>:
> On Sat, 2012-06-16 at 22:16 +0200, Patrick Ben Koetter wrote:
> > * Jonathan Ryshpan <jonrysh at pacbell.net>:
> > > I need to import the mail database generated by the evolution mail
> > > reader into dovecot. Evolution stores its mail in maildir format (fully
> > > standards compatible, I think); I would be using the maildir format in
> > > dovecot. Is there anything in the wiki, etc. explaining exactly how to
> > > do this?
> > >
> > > Why do this? Evolution is hopelessly broken, and is not likely to be
> > > fixed in the forseeable future, and I would like to keep my mails in
> > > maildir form. Reviews of kmail are very bad, and thunderbird uses the
> > > mbox format for storage.
> > If it is native maildir you can configure that/your account to use maildir and
> > simply copy your mailbox over to Dovecot. When Dovecot accesses the mailbox it
> > will create the necessary index files and you are ready to use it.
> Sounds good.
> I'm sure than when you write "mailbox", you mean the folders (and not
> the index files) in the evolution mail database, located at
Yes, I mean the folders and not the index files
> ~/.local/share/evolution/mail/local and whose contents start:
> $ ls -lA
> ..#evolution.Junk.cmeta .jango.ibex.index.data
> ..#evolution.Trash.cmeta .jfour/
> ..cmeta .jfour.cmeta
> ..maildir++ .jfour.ibex.index
> .Drafts/ .jfour.ibex.index.data
> .Drafts.cmeta .joer/
> .Outbox/ .joer.cmeta
> .Outbox.cmeta .joyce/
> and not $MAIL, i.e. /var/spool/mail/jonrysh, where mail arrives on the
> system (via fetchmail and local sendmail).
I don't mean $MAIL.
> Please excuse me for double checking; evolution has archived 218,886
> messages in 132 folders, and I want to avoid trouble if possible.
I am a friend of double checking. :)
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