NewsForge's Robin Miller on Converting Outlook Users to Mozilla
Monday June 23rd, 2003
#34 Re: Re: Gotmail and Mozilla?
Tuesday October 12th, 2004 11:13 PM
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Many years ago I shifted from Nextstep to Linux, and kept my NS Mail.app mailboxes in the move. Since then I've been using Postilion.
I'm currently evaluating Thunderbird. This means I want to test it out on (some of) my exiisting mbox files.
So I made 3 discoveries with Thunderbird 0.5:
1) The Account Settings Local directory option appears not to be implemented. You can browse to a ~/mail directory, but it doesn't change the ~/.thunderbird/s1k....default/ directory.
2) You can make a hard link from an mbox file in a directory into the ~/.thunderbird/s1k....default/ directory, but when you compact folders, instead of writing to a temporary file and then copying that over the existing file (which would preserve hard links), thunderbird removes and renames the new file, so the hard link is broken. I.e., don't use hard links.
3) You can make a symlink into your existing mail directory structure. This seems to work okay, even after compaction. Interestingly, a .msf file is created in both the ~/.thunderbird/s1k....default/ directory and the actual directory that the symlink points to. Perfect!.
I couldn't find any information about this in the FAQ. Also, I'm kind of assuming that Thunderbird uses locking, so if I do slip up and open the same mailbox from different MUAs at the same time, it will back off or open it in read-only mode.