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Rosie Vogel
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Well, I have finally made the switch to Linux. So far it is going okay but my old e-mails are really giving me a headache. Under Linux I am running Evolution. Under Windows I had Outlook Express, I am not sure what version it was, but the e-mail files are in dbx format.
I have tried a whole bunch of different tools to convert the dbx files to mbx or mbox. Finally I managed. However, for some unknown reason Evolution won't import the mbx files.
Any ideas? I am willing to let go of Evolution and get another e-mail client if that makes things easier. Also, I still have a windows machine at my disposal so if you happen to have had good experiences with a conversion tool that only runs under Windows, no problem.
Please don't tell me I will have to re-mail everything to myself .
 
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Have you tried importing them into netscape? Then at least if that works, you know the mbox file is ok and Evolution is causing the problem.
 
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I agree with Adam. If Evolution doesn't have an import tool, Netscape does and is probably the least painful way to convert your mail files.
 
Rosie Vogel
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I wanted to take your advice and downloaded Netscape 7.0...but it will only let me import from Communicator . Now, should I import everything into Communicator first? And if so, where, and what, is Communicator? I can't find it on the netscape site. Is it a part of the netscape download?
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Hi Rosie,
in the browser, there are icons at bottom left, one of which is a letter icon, if you installed everything. When you did the download, if you took the default options, you should have the communicator mail program already.
I believe there is also a 'Tasks' menu just to the left of 'Help' which should have all the module options available which you installed, including Composer, IRC Chat, Navigator & Communicator.
Well at least that is the case with Mozilla, Netscape's open-source mother-app which is virtually the same.
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Rosie Vogel
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Yes, I figured it must be the letter icon thingy. And I tried that, and indeed the mail program has an import option but all it will let me do is import from Communicator, but my old e-mails are in a directory. Same thing in Mozilla.
I give up. I've tried everything I can think of. Too bad, one more reason why the average home-user will never switch to Linux ...
 
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Argh Rosie,
your words hurt my ears.
What version of Mozilla are you using?
When I go to the import dialog in Mozilla on my windows machine, it says "this will import material from common email programs etc etc" and you choose "mail".
Then you choose Outlook Express from the next dialog box, and it automatically imports the whole lot from wherever it was, and puts it in new folders in your Local folder.
I suspect that there is no such option on the Linux box, because Outlook doesn't run there. I'm not sure.
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Rosie Vogel
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It's Mozilla 5.0 and I also tried it in Netscape 7.
Sigh...life is hard on an innocent Linux newbie...
 
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Hi Rosie,
I had a similar problem to you when I migrated my laptop to linux (only mine was outlook pst files). If you goto http://www.ximian.org/support and look at the Most common questions for evolution you'll find the answer to that particular problem.
The solution for outlook express should be very similar. Install mozilla 1.0 on windows from http://www.mozilla.org , and use the Mail and Newsgroups app to do a import of Outlook Express data.
That should get you to step 4 of the Import mail with mozilla section.
In my case, it worked first time.
Hope this helps
L
 
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Rosie,
what is your problem with what Lewin and I are suggesting? Do you not have windows anymore?
 
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