[Users] Importing kmails complete mail corpus to claws

Vayu vayu at sklinks.com
Thu May 23 20:54:16 CEST 2013

Steve, You've just described the setup I've wanted for a long time and have failed at all previous attempts.  Would you mind verifying my understanding of the components involved?

Fetchmail is used to get the mail from my various pop servers.
Procmail takes those and moves them to folders for dovcot.
Dovecot is the imap server that I could then use any client to read the same messages.

Are these all the components I need to set up and get working together?  Are there any other things I should study?  Part of the problem I've had in the past is I didn't understand what components I needed and what they were for.  Any help you might offer would be greatly appreciated.

On Thu May 23 12:12:15 PM Steve Litt wrote:
> On Wed, 22 May 2013 12:48:17 -0400
> Gene Heskett <gheskett at wdtv.com> wrote:
> > Greetings all;
> > 
> > I would like to be able to do this so that kmail remains intact and
> > usable until I have claws configured close enough to kmail that claws
> > can take over with no gaps in the timeline.
> Hi Gene,
> I can't help you with a cutover that remains parallel. The way I
> emigrated from Kmail involved a sharp cutover with a few
> dayshttp://www.troubleshooters.com/lpm/201202/201202.htm of email
> downtime. I did this after months of investigating the best way of 
> doing it. Here are the details:
> http://www.troubleshooters.com/lpm/201202/201202.htm
> Basically, I got Dovecot running on my desktop machine. I grab my email
> with fetchmail, which shoots each message to procmail for deposit in
> the proper Dovecot email folder. So all my email is in Dovecot, *not*
> in my email client. That way, if at a later date Claws-Mail goes and
> does something stupid the way Kmail did (Akonadi, etc), then I can drop
> in any IMAP aware email client. I find it very reassuring to separate
> email creation and reading from email storage, and will never again
> store my email in an email client's format.
> So my conversion required me to get my local Dovecot running, and then,
> one at a time, within kmail I copied my folders to equivalent IMAP
> folders in Dovecot. I could have copied whole folder trees, but IMHO
> you'll have less problems if you don't copy excessively big trees.
> During the conversion I could receive no email. I wanted my IMAP tree
> to exactly match my Kmail tree. My records showed I sent my last Kmail
> email at 2:35am on 2/3/2012, and sent my first Claws email at 12:48pm
> on 2/4/2012, so I was down for a day and a half.
> HTH,
> SteveT
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