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#1 2016-10-29 13:42:56

Martin
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Leaving Windows at work for Linux, how do I deal with .pst files?

Hi,

I am in a transition phase at work right now. My new computer is running a corporate dialect of Ubuntu and my old computer is running W7. For email on the new computer I have two main alternatives: Thunderbird and Evolution. So far I have only tried Thunderbird since that seems to be what most people go for. Configuring Thunderbird to communicate with our mail server worked like charm although the calendar is a little short on information.

I have problem with my 'personal' mail folders (aka .pst files when you look under the hood of Outlook). I would like to transfer/import them to Thunderbird. A quick internet search provided me with a rather discouraging response: I am told Thunderbird does not know about .pst files.

For Evolution I found this: http://askubuntu.com/questions/84239/im … tion-3-2-1
Shouldn't that work for Tunderbird too?

Another, perhaps crazy, idea is to move all those emails back to the Outlook inbox in hope that Thunderbird will see them. But that's a lot of manual work since we are talking about a couple GB's worth of emails.

Anyone with better ideas?

TIA

/Martin


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#2 2016-10-29 14:03:32

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Re: Leaving Windows at work for Linux, how do I deal with .pst files?

As Thunderbird can import mbox files just fine, yes, the method you linked works with it too.

Otherwise, if you can, you could just move all your email onto an IMAP server.


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#3 2016-10-29 14:07:02

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Re: Leaving Windows at work for Linux, how do I deal with .pst files?

I was going to suggest Claws-mail - Import MS Outlook mail into Claws-Mail

Still an option I guess.


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#4 2016-10-29 16:01:49

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Re: Leaving Windows at work for Linux, how do I deal with .pst files?

Sector11 wrote:

I was going to suggest Claws-mail - Import MS Outlook mail into Claws-Mail

Still an option I guess.

This cites the same command as in the StackOverflow post the OP has linked.

readpst

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#5 2016-10-29 20:42:45

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Re: Leaving Windows at work for Linux, how do I deal with .pst files?

OK, I will test readpst on Monday.

/Martin
PS Claws is what I use at home.


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#6 2016-11-01 07:25:24

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Re: Leaving Windows at work for Linux, how do I deal with .pst files?

Readpst worked but I needed an add-on in Thunderbird for the import to work and the names of my mail folders got lost in the process. They now only have numbers for names. So, yes, this worked but I have a ton of work in front of me to make this useful again.

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#7 2016-11-01 10:37:16

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Re: Leaving Windows at work for Linux, how do I deal with .pst files?

Martin wrote:

Readpst worked but I needed an add-on in Thunderbird for the import to work and the names of my mail folders got lost in the process. They now only have numbers for names. So, yes, this worked but I have a ton of work in front of me to make this useful again.

/Martin

Well, pst is not a simple and a proprietary file format. Actually, it's Microsoft-style a whole file-system-in-a-file, just like the old Office document file formats. There's a modern C library that could've handled this better as I assume that readpst is a bit dated, but IIRC there's no special CLI tool available yet.


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#8 2016-11-01 21:03:23

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Re: Leaving Windows at work for Linux, how do I deal with .pst files?

@OP: I have never used MS Outlook, but I remember - while trying to help some folks - that Outlook can actually export emails in several formats. For example, the first link in google search for ms outlook export as mbox gives a possible procedure, which - if correct - seems fairly simple. Then you can simply import mbox into the Thunderbird.

My 2 cents ...

(Sorry if this doesn't work ... as I said, I don't use Outlook, and cannot check above solution.)


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#9 2016-11-04 19:10:12

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Re: Leaving Windows at work for Linux, how do I deal with .pst files?

@Martin:  Why didn't the IT folks take care of transferring everything for everybody?

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