[Users] read mbox file

Ricardo Mones ricardo at mones.org
Mon Mar 11 11:15:13 CET 2013


On Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 11:49:42AM +0200, e-letter wrote:
> Readers,
> The help manual does not explain how to use clawsmail to read an mbox archive.

  Should be very intuitive then :)

> When creating a new local mbox file account, there is a requirement
> for an smtp server, but this is not necessary, only to be able to view
> the mbox archive of messages.

  Local mbox accounts are only for viewing mail system mailboxes named
after each user name in a predefined mail directory (e.g. "/var/mail").
This option is _not_ for reading arbitrary mbox files, but of course you
can try to trick it by renaming the mbox file to your current user name
and pointing it to the directory which contains it.

> The menu bar option 'file, add mbox' doesn't seem to work; after
> adding the directory location, no messages can be seen in the mbox
> 'inbox' directory.

  You should provide a mbox file name here, not a directory. Plugin
allows directory names here, which is a bug :)

  Ricardo Mones 
  Quantity derives from measurement, figures from quantities, 
  comparisons from figures, and victories from comparisons. 
                                                              Sun Tzu

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