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

William A. Mahaffey III wam at
Fri Aug 15 16:28:09 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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