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

doug doug at
Tue Aug 12 18:12:04 UTC 2014

On Tue, 12 Aug 2014, William A. Mahaffey III wrote:

> .... 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 ....

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