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Thread: Managing archived email on local system

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2009

    Managing archived email on local system

    I use my browser, or Thunderbird (currently 68.10) to manage active email on my system (Linux Mint 18.3). When an old message is worth archiving, I use Getmail (currently 4.48.0) to transfer it to an mbox file on my local system. To access the message, I have, up until now, used Fetchmail (currently 6.3.26) to read, view attachments, etc. Fetchmail has, up until now, required my local password (minor inconvenience, but have tolerated it) , and gives me many warnings about an "insecure server" (no problem, since I am only reading and filing old emails, not sending anything). Recently Fetchmail seems to have changed; it now asks for a password for "<username>@<servername>@<servervname>. I editied ~/.fetchmailrc to eliminate the second servername, but it does not recoginize my email server passoword.

    Looking on this forum, it appears that Fetchmail may be obsolete (only one post later than 2016).

    Is there a tool that I can use to read and manage (merge, separate, read attachments, etc.) locally stored mbox files? I know that Thunderbird can manage locally stored mbox files, but would prefer to keep these separate from my active email.

    Thanks for any help.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa

    Re: Managing archived email on local system

    Thread moved to MINT for a more appropriate fit.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Ubuntu Mate 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    Re: Managing archived email on local system

    I've been using an IMAP server since the mid-1990s. Lots of reasons for this.
    Probably not the answer you want. Have you looked at elm, pine or alpine?


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