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Import Mail.app maiboxes into Thunderbird
Authored by: ichnisan on Apr 08, '04 12:38:08AM

I am happy to report that the reverse process, moving mail back to Mail.app works great as well.

To import, open mail.app, create a mailbox, close mail.app.
go into that mailbox in the command line, or rename it in finder getting rid of the .mbox extension so you can go into it

/Users/username/Library/Mail/Mailboxes/mailboxname.mbox/

delete content_index and table_of_contents, then copy the Thunderbird file which contains the mail you are moving into this directory, rename it to

mbox

then if you changed the Mailboxname.mbox folder in finder so you can get into it, change it back to Mailboxname.mbox

open mail.app and it will re-create the index and table of contents.

I like Thunderbird, I really did, but the lack of support for vCards, no builtin Calendar app, yeah I know Mail.app doesnt have one, but it can be used with iCal. Basic integration with other parts of the OS was a problem, for example integration with a browser, Thunderbird is a stand alone email app, which is fine, but there was not any easy way to use it in conjunction with Safari(i.e. click a mailto link) or even Mozilla 1.6 or firefox.

Since I was not on a crusade for opensource, I switched back.



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