Moving mail spools

Giorgos Keramidas keramida at
Mon Jun 6 15:53:49 GMT 2005

On 2005-06-06 11:48, Matt Juszczak <matt at> wrote:
> Hi all,
> We've got a new freebsd server setup, and an old mail server with
> slackware on it.
> We need to move the mail spools from the slack machine to the freebsd
> machine.  if I just copy them over to var/mail will it automatically
> work or does freebsd use a different format?

Yes.  UNIX mailbox files are simply a sequence of mail messages
concatenated after each other.

Please note that you should only move mailboxes while delivery is
stopped to them though.  Otherwise, you may end up with corrupt
mailboxes on the destination folder.

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