IMAP server and client recommendations?
clabrown at granitepost.com
Fri Apr 23 06:00:59 PDT 2004
You could download Eudora for Windows and import
the outlook email into Eudora. It stores the email in
mbox format. I don't know if their mbox format is fully
unix standard, but they are the same people that maintain
the qpopper pop3 daemon, so they obviously understand
unix mbox format.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Joshua Lokken" <joshua at twobirds.us>
To: <ben at twobirds.us>
Sent: Thursday, April 22, 2004 4:47 PM
Subject: Fw: Re: IMAP server and client recommendations?
> From: Kevin Stevens <kevin_stevens at pursued-with.net>
> Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 21:42:00 -0700
> To: Danny MacMillan <flowers at users.sourceforge.net>
> Cc: freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
> Subject: Re: IMAP server and client recommendations?
> X-Mailer: Apple Mail (2.613)
> On Apr 21, 2004, at 21:22, Danny MacMillan wrote:
> >I have six or seven hundred megabytes of email imprisoned in a few
> >.pst (Microsoft Outlook "Personal Folders") files. I've been looking
> >for an alternative email client lately. Of course, the issue is
> >converting these old messages so that they are usable by the new
> >software -- ideally so that multiple clients could access the mail.
> >The thought that immediately occurred to me was that one of the
> >standard Unix formats -- mbox or maildir -- would be appropriate for
> >this task.
> >After scouring the internet for possibilities for converting between
> >the hated .pst format and mbox or Maildir, I found a few people who'd
> >seemingly hit upon an ideal solution: add an IMAP folder to Outlook
> >and copy their mail to that folder, then do the reverse inside a
> >client that stores its mail in mbox or maildir format.
> Almost right, but not quite. You set up an IMAP server that stores
> mail in the desired format, add the IMAP support to Outlook, and then
> drag/drop the mail into the IMAP mailbox. There is no equivalent
> client-side export needed.
> And yes, in my experience this is BY FAR the easiest/fastest/best
> approach to get mail from a .pst file to something else. Caveat is
> that you have to have an Outlook installation available to do it, not
> just the .pst file.
> >Then it struck me -- =leaving= the mail in the IMAP server would give
> >me even more flexibility.
> Blinding flash of the obvious? ;)
> >Is it feasible to use the IMAP server as a mail storage solution like
> Sure, that's what they're designed for.
> > Can anyone recommend a good IMAP server (for FreeBSD of course) and
> >give me some tips on considerations for choosing one? I blush to say
> >it, but I've never even had an IMAP account.
> The main contenders are Cyrus, Courier, and UW-IMAP. Biggest
> consideration is probably what format you want to store the mail in. I
> prefer mbox format, so use UW-IMAP. It is configured to pull mail from
> the standard spool directory, and store it in a /mail directory of my
> user account.
> The big advantage of using IMAP (for me) is that I can access my mail
> from a web based server (Squirrelmail) while at work, pine when on the
> road, and OS X's Mail.app when at home on my PowerBook. Even when I'm
> reading mail on the server box itself the access is actually through
> the IMAP server. It's an OS X G5 now, but I did the exact same thing
> when it was a FreeBSD Intel box.
> ----- End forwarded message -----
> There's a note for future reference. If you want to run a large email
> server that'll play friendly with Outlook, OS mail clients, and webmail,
> use an IMAP server. Question: Is Exchange an IMAP server, or is
> Exchange kinda it's own thing? Maybe, rather, does Exchange speak IMAP?
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