Re: [Evolution] No Matter What I Try, Can't Move Thunderbird Archives to Evo

On 2019-02-20 at 03:05 +0000, Bill and Carol Yager wrote:
Tried Milan's suggestion about using the "Standard Unix mbox spool
directory".  This did allow me to get my hierarchy of saved folders
over to Evolution.  However, each folder and subfolder name now
has .sbd added to it.  The name can't be modified and the error
message says that the file doesn't exist. Also the folder can't be
deleted because they are spool files.  I have now spent just too much
time on this. Too bad, I liked Evolution, but it just doesn't handle
the importing of saved email folders from other mail clients. Until
that is available, the program is not usable for us.  Thanks for the
help though.


The problem is that in this format each folder with emails is stored as
a mbox file. And each folder that itself contains subfodler is stored as
a filesystem folder. Since you can't have both a file and a folder with
the same name, this doesn't allow you to store emails on non-leaf
Thunderbird works around this by adding a .sdb suffix to those
filesystem folders.
If you don't store mail on non-leaf folders, it's trivial to remove
those .sdb suffixes. Else, you will need to use a different store
format, like maildir. It's easy to convert from this to maildir, but
it's not as immediate, as there is an extra step.

Best regards

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