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Get "Sent" mail off server into Thunderbird?

Discussion in 'E-mail Discussion' started by imacurious, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. imacurious

    imacurious Member

    Mar 9, 2005
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    I have a customer who has been using webmail as his primary means of sending/receiving mail. He now wants to migrate to a POP3 client (Mozilla Thunderbird). He has about 40Mb of incoming/sent mail sitting on the server.

    When he sets-up Thunderbird for the first time, it will automatically bring all his inbound mail sitting on the server into Thunderbird - as is normally expected. But how can he bring the sent mail sitting on the server into Thunderbird?

    Thunderbird supports the import of standard unix .mbx files, as well as .eml files. Is there a way on the server (Cpanel or otherwise) to create either a .mbx or .eml file of all his sent messages which can then be ftp'd to his laptop for import into Thunderbird?

    Or alternatively, is there a way to convince the mail server and/or Thunderbird to 'send' the mail sitting in the Sent folder on the server (ie. do a 'GET' on all the messages in the Sent folder on the server)?

    Thanks for all suggestions.
  2. mtindor

    mtindor Well-Known Member

    Sep 14, 2004
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    I would do one of the two:

    1. Copy contents of .Sent folder on the server into the "new" folder on the server

    a. Have customer retrieve all his mail via POP3
    b. Then [you] go into /home/<useraccount>/mail/<userdomain>/<emailuser>/.Sent and move or copy the contents of this folder to:


    OR (better yet):

    2. Set up an IMAP account to retrieve all mail in subfolders from the server

    Have your client create an IMAP account in his email client just like his POP3 account. Once the IMAP account is set up in his email client, have him "subscribe" to the Sent folder (if it doesn't do it automatically). Then, in his email client, he can just drag/copy the emails in his "Sent" folder on the server [which, when using IMAP, is what you are actually seeing... the folder on the server] into a folder that he creates inside his email client

    Once he has copied the files over to his local machine into a folder within his email client, he can then delete the IMAP account if he wants.


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