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

William A. Mahaffey III wam at
Fri Aug 15 16:25:01 UTC 2014

On 08/14/14 11:40, doug at wrote:
> 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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Not yet, but I am going to look into it. I change machines *so* 
infrequently it seems like extra wheel-spin ....

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