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

doug at doug at
Thu Aug 14 16:40:38 UTC 2014

On Tue, 12 Aug 2014, doug wrote:

> 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 ....
> imapsync

Did you get this done? If not I can give some help using the above utility.

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