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Migrating Email from Linux to Windows 7 64-bit
How To: Migrate email from Linux and get it imported into Office 2010 64-bit.
I thought Id do the world a favor and post this before I forget.
I migrated from Suse 10.1 to Win 7 64, hardware and all. Why? So I could use my new bada$$ machine for my music equip too. Virtualization doesnt allow Firewire and I was tired of switching back and forth between computers. I remain worried about online threats to my work stuff, but Im going to try it, so my main opsys is Windows 7 now.
I used Kmail on Linux. It was maildir format. I bought Office 2010 and installed it as 64 bit on Win 7 64 bit.
1- Convert Maildir mail to mbox. I found a bash script online. It is called maildir2mbox.sh . Place it in the kmail directory where you see the folders 'cur new tmp' . (.kde/share/apps/kmail/inbox etc... )
It worked great. Whoever that guy is, I definitely owe him 20 bucks.
Put the files on a USB or something to transfer.
Done with Linux.
2- On Win 7 (or intermediate computer) get mbox2eml command line program which converts the mbox files to .eml individual files. Maintain separation between SENT and RECIEVED files from here on out. (See last bullet in bold)
3-On Windows 7, install Windows Live Mail.
5- Set up Outlook for POP3 even if you are going to use IMAP or exchange eventually. If you use those its going to try and sync the emails you import with the server and you dont want to wait or deal with that. It will cause imported files to drop out too.
6-Go back to linux or count your SENT eml files (without openeing WLM) , note how many.
7- Using the Import utility in Outlook 2010, import from Outlook Exp/Winmail. It will tell you how many it imported.
Do not start up Windows Live Mail - it will just render the importing inoperable - That is my next point.
I had to completely remove Windows Live Mail (and whatever installed with it at the time) to re-initialize the importing Pain whenever I started it up and did moe drag&drop with the .eml files into WLM. I had to do more drag&drop because I did my SENT and then my INBOXes.
Anyway, this is my two day contribution to the puterpeople. I know I got real tired of reading Microsoft support logs where the Experts 90% of the time point the people asking questions I was interested in to the same old generic help file that MS produced on day 1 of product launch. And then I would find one who was actually helpful, but they'd always say "Outlook 2010 64 bit wont import, you have to install 32 bit, or download a trial version and install it on a different computer".
The Internet get more useless every day due to mass quantities of BS, from the cornucopia of shylok pitchmen to the keyword collection sites and all the 'experts' who just quote each other in between. I remember when the internet was quite useful, when it was the other way around and most of it was useful and only a little was this Babylonian Bazaar of BS that we have now.
So here is my post against such nonsense (but to get it, you have to read my rant!).
Hey, its better than downloading something, only to find that you cannot finish what you are doing until you pay 29.95. (that was a site called outlookimport or outlookpost or something - they really pi##ed me off.
Have a nice day.
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