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RE: Migrating from Windows to Debian - keeping email messages from Outlook Express

There is a workaround for this. create an imap account on your server.
create the folders that you have set up in Outlook. set up the imap and pop
accounts in Outlook. Drag and drop the emails you want from outlook into the
imap account. This will put the into mbox format.

I had to use this method for creating a spamassassin SPAM folder.


-----Original Message-----
From: Kevin Mark [mailto:kmark+debian-user@pipeline.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 05, 2005 6:36 AM
To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
Subject: Re: Migrating from Windows to Debian - keeping email messages
from Outlook Express

On Mon, Jul 04, 2005 at 05:59:44PM -0500, Adam Fabian wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 04, 2005 at 06:52:51PM +0200, Dom Delimar wrote:
> > So how can I keep all my emails from Outlook Express and integrate
> > them into any of the Linux mail clients? I actually don't know which
> To the best of my knowledge, and I'm no Outlook expert by any means,
> Outlook is holding your data hostage in a proprietary Micrsoft format
> and will not export to any one of the standard formats that could very
> easily be imported into a Linux email client.
> The easiest thing to do, if the server has all your old email (IMAP, a
> POP3 account where the emails weren't being deleted) is to download it
> again from the server, having set some appropriate client rules to split
> it off into various folders.
> You're better off getting out of Microsoft's proprietary trap now if you
> can.  You might be able to find some program that can usefully parse
> your emails out of the PST file, or a Windows client (maybe Eudora; I
> don't really know) that will import Microsoft Outlook files and export
> to mbox or maildir format.  (Windows clients in general, in my limited
> experience with them, are all plauged by proprietary formats and don't
> like to share.)
> --
> Adam Fabian <awfabian@gmail.com>
Hi Adam,
I have not used this but it does exist!
Running: apt-cache show readpst
Package: readpst
Priority: optional
Section: utils
Installed-Size: 192
Maintainer: Joe Nahmias <jello@debian.org>
Architecture: i386
Source: libpst
Version: 0.5.1-1
Depends: libc6 (>= 2.3.2.ds1-4)
Filename: pool/main/libp/libpst/readpst_0.5.1-1_i386.deb
Size: 55764
MD5sum: 37d2a85b5f88edf8dd6daf61a6fe2b94
Description: Converts Outlook PST files to mbox and others
 ReadPST is an application that can take a Microsoft Outlook PST
 (Personal Folders) file and convert it into mbox, kmail, its own
 recursive format, or separate each email into its own file.
 It can currently handle emails, folders and most contacts.
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