[Users] I'm whupped by kmail

Gene Heskett gheskett at wdtv.com
Fri Jul 12 23:10:43 CEST 2013

On Friday 12 July 2013 17:08:48 Michael A. Yetto did opine:

> On Fri, 12 Jul 2013 14:07:22 -0400
> Gene Heskett <gheskett at wdtv.com> wrote:
> >Greetings;
> >
> >kmail has been my preferred mail agent since 14 years ago, but
> >I have not been able to make it start on a ubu-12.4.2 install.
> >
> >So, claws seems the next logical step, I've read lots of good
> >"press" about it, and I've wasted 10 days on kmail now.
> >
> >But, I see claws is mbox format only, an acronym I am told for
> >a merged "mailfile".
> >
> >And it has no facility to import a maildir, which I have about
> >40 of. However the original kmail inbox is a mailfile, and
> >while it shows 1 unread message in the claws left panel, it
> >will not show me the message itself.
> >
> >This inbox file, in a du -h format report, is 2.1 Gb, and the
> >whole ~Mail tree is about 4.5 Gb, but that 2.1Gb inbox means
> >its very close to falling over on a 32 bit install, and has
> >done so before, forcing me to go thru it by hand nuking the
> >obvious spam etc.
> >
> >This leads to the first question:  What is the maximum mbox
> >format file that claws-mail can handle on a 64 bit install?
> >
> >kmail apparently doesn't have an export function, so:
> >
> >Is it possible to do something like create a tempdir, and then
> >step through the cur dirs, doing a "cat * > temdir/foldername"
> >to create the merged files, and then import that into
> >claws-mail?
> >
> >Or is there another such mail merging utility that would do
> >that better than a simple cat *?
> >
> >3 questions, sorry.
> If you go to <http://claws-mail.org/tools.php?section=downloads>
> you will find several scripts and tools for converting address
> books and mail stores from various formats to the MH format used
> by Claws.
> In particular look for "kmail-mailbox2claws-mail.pl" which will
> do the conversion you want. I used this a few years ago and it
> needed some tweaking. I don't really remember the reason, but I
> did eventually get all of the mail into Claws.
> You might want to d/l clawsker as well. This is a GUI that
> provides a way to set some hidden options.

I have that, but haven't yet ran it, no man page.  Is in in pinfo 

Thanks for the url, Michael.

Cheers, Gene
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