How to transfer Mail from old machine to new FreeBSD box ....

William A. Mahaffey III wam at
Tue Aug 12 15:50:07 UTC 2014

.... Well, I am down to the snorting post, the last task I need to 
complete before putting my new FreeBSD 9.3 box into service, replacing 
this one (AMD64X2 3800+, FC14 64-bit, terminally patched up several 
years ago). Unfortunately, it looks like a bit of a doozy. I need to get 
the Mail directory from the old machine to the new one. To start with, I 
just copied the whole thing. 35 min. later when it was done, I invoked 
T-bird on the FreeBSD box & none of the Mail-directory was visible :-/. 
That method worked AOK the last time I used it, 10+ years ago when I put 
the old box into service :-). That was also the last time I tried, last 
time I needed to do that. Is what I am doing supposed to work ? If not, 
how am I supposed to do this ? Mind you, there are yearly archives going 
back into the '90's, which I want preserved. The whole Mail directory is 
~20 GiB :-/ .... thunderbird.x86_64 17.0.7-1.fc14.remi on the Fedora 
box, thunderbird 31 on the FreeBSD (box std,) .... TIA for any pointers ....


	William A. Mahaffey III


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