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Re: switching from mbox to maildir in mutt, exim, etc.: how?

"Russell L. Harris" <rlharris@broadcaster.org> wrote:

> On Fri, Oct 27, 2006 at 03:25:11PM -0600, Paul E Condon wrote:
> > I'm looking at my system backups and notice that there is some clutter
> > form mbox files being updated almost daily. I think the clutter would
> > be reduced by switching to maildir (true?), but I wonder about other
> > consequences of such a switch. In particular, when I google the topic
> > of how to switch, I find only people asking the question, and some
> > comment to the effect 'why bother?', but no answers. Is it a bad idea
> > for reasons which I have not yet fathomed? Where can I find a recent
> > HOWTO that addresses Debian issues, if it is not bad?
> > 
> > TIA
> > -- 
> > Paul E Condon           
> > pecondon@mesanetworks.net
> I just got mutt running with getmail, procmail, and mutt, using maildir.  And mairdir is the way 
> to go.  
> I found a HOWTO on the specific topic of conversion from mbox to maildir, using a package the 
> name of which I do not recall.  But once you have procmail running, you can restore your old 
> mail by feeding procmail from your mbox file and letting it re-deliver to maildir.
> A good Debian-oriented HOWTO is "Email for the single user in Debian", 2004, by Nicholas Lativy; 
> it is posted at http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/~lativyn/articles/debian-mutt .  Regrettably, it covers 
> the combination of exim4, procmail, fetchmail, and mutt with maildir; and you do NOT wish to use 
> fetchmail -- use getmail instead.  

I second that, but I do consider maildrop to have a more readable
syntax. And also postfix seems more easy to me than exim. So I would

getmail, maildrop (if needed), mutt, postfix.

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
(Albert Einstein)

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