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Migrating Outlook Express to Evolution or Thunderbird

Postby ambertone on Tue Mar 20, 2007 4:57 am

Hi all, I'd like to move all my email folders and messages from my Windows machine to my Mint machine.

I'm happy to use either Thunderbird or Evolution but need to know if either can import the files from my back up.

The folder is "Outlook express" and all files are *.DBX in format.

Cheers

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Postby Husse on Tue Mar 20, 2007 6:56 am

In Thunderbird you have "Tools>import" and that lets you import OE messages. (But you don't have OE mail in a folder named Outlook express, at least not in XP, can't remember W9X)
Do you have two machines or dual boot? If you have dual boot you can navigate to the mail folder of OE and import directly from there. In case of separate machines, not connected in a network, you have (of course) to burn to CD (or some such)
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Postby ambertone on Tue Mar 20, 2007 7:34 am

Yes I tried that but Thunderbird only wants to import Netscape communicator files, there is no option for OE *.dbx files.

It will do it when installing TB in Windows but on Mint it assumes there is no OE on the OS to import from?

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Postby Husse on Tue Mar 20, 2007 9:22 am

Sorry, you are right. Hopefully you can find a solution here: http://kb.mozillazine.org/Import_from_Outlook_Express
converting the dbx files to mbox and importing the mbox files seems to be an option.
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Postby scorp123 on Tue Mar 20, 2007 9:25 am

ambertone wrote:It will do it when installing TB in Windows but on Mint it assumes there is no OE on the OS to import from?
Yes. Because it's pointless: There is no "Outlook" or "Outlook Express" for Linux.

I suggest this:

- install ThunderBird in Windows
- make precise notes where exactly ThunderBird puts your settings!! The folder name might be something like C:\Documents and Settings\YourUserName\Applications\Mozilla\ThunderBird\Profiles\default ... => your mileage may vary!

- Tell ThunderBird in Windows to import your Outlook Express stuff
- check again that the folder you found above has now plenty of entries ... that would suggest that you really really found the right folder!

- Quit Windows, boot into Linux
- Under Linux your ThunderBird settings should be in a folder with the name ".thunderbird" or ".mozilla-thunderbird"

And now, mount your Windows drive and copy the files and folders from the Windows location to the right Linux location in ~/.mozilla-thunderbird ... Voila. When you open ThunderBird in Linux it should have all your Outlook Express mails now.
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