Friday, September 19, 2008

qmail to gmail

As part of the gmail migration we had some orphaned mail archives sitting in a qmail+sqwebmail system. The job of moving those to gmail was both much more easy and more difficult than I expected. The wonderful qmail provides a rock-solid conversion tool to convert the Mailbox formatted archives to mbox. Unfortunately it only seems to operate on the inbox, which involved a lot of juggling to convert everything. Once that was done it was simply a matter of renaming and pasteing them into a folder in an IMAP account in Thunderbird. I find IMAP support in Thunderbird a little "unfocused" and greatly look forward to future versions or even a decent competitor.

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