[Top][All Lists]

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Re: [Nmh-workers] switching from thunderbird to nmh

From: David Levine
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] switching from thunderbird to nmh
Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:43:48 -0400

Brenda wrote:

> I'd like to switch to using nmh for email handling.  I've been using
> thunderbird for the last few years.

Welcome to nmh!  My first suggestion would be to make sure
that you're using nmh 1.5.  Each of the nmh commands will
show the version using its -version switch.

Or if you'd like the latest and greatest source code (and
man pages, which have undergone significant cleanup recently):

    git clone git://git.savannah.nongnu.org/nmh.git

> I understand the nmh mail format is a little different from mbox
> format or maildir format.  Is there any conversion utility out
> there?  I've searched but only found utilities for people going the
> other way.

nmh can import messages from an mbox file or maildir
directory with its inc(1) command, e.g.,

    $ inc -file file.mbox

It can also export to an mbox, with its packf(1) command.

> If someone has their own utility (or one-off script) for a similar
> task in sh, perl or python I'm ok with adapting it for my situation.
> Alternatively, a pointer to the documentation of what the nmh format
> actually is would be helpful.  I haven't found a concise description
> yet.

The mh-folders(5) man page has a description of the directory
and file structure used by nmh.

> I'm already somewhat familiar with mbox format.
> Also, I need nmh to get email by imap.  How can I configure that?
> Or am I supposed to use fetchmail for that?

nmh does not support IMAP.  inc can use POP, if that helps.
I use fetchmail, and then procmail to feed to nmh's rcvstore(1).
Other users here do various other things, please ask if you
want more ideas.

> Thanks for your help.

Glad to!


reply via email to

[Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread]