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Old 03-01-2003, 11:20 PM   #1
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Converting from Evolution to KMail


I was wondering if it was possible to convert my email from Evolution to KMail. I really don't use all of the features of Evolution and wanted to convert to something a little simpler, like KMail, but I don't want to have to constantly check Evolution for my old messages. Can Evolution's mailbox format be converted to KMail's format?

Thanks.

PS - I'm not using Ximian's Connector program, SendMail or FetchMail. I've just got Evolution configured to handle POP3 mail.
 
Old 03-02-2003, 01:01 AM   #2
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Should be as simple as setting up kmail with your pop3 info. Kmail uses ~/Mail to store messages, so it should find your old messages if that's where evolution stores it's mail..
 
Old 03-02-2003, 09:17 PM   #3
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Should be as simple as setting up kmail with your pop3 info. Kmail uses ~/Mail to store messages, so it should find your old messages if that's where evolution stores it's mail..
Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately, this isn't going to work. First, KMail uses ~/Mail and Evolution uses ~/evolution. Second, simply copying the files from the evolution directory to the Mail directory only allows KMail to read the first message in each folder -- and that message is a conglomeration of all the other messages for that folder. So, it appears that the two programs use different file formats. Plus, I'm not sure how KMail handles attachments saved in a message.

Certainly I'm not the first person to try to do this. Does anyone have a viable solution?

Thanks for your time.
 
Old 03-03-2003, 02:06 PM   #4
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do this....first of all they are old so you really dont need them, but if you do want to have a few for reference just foward them back to yourself, open them with KMail and there you go.
 
Old 03-03-2003, 05:32 PM   #5
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You know, that sounds like my best option and I didn't even think to do that! I hate it when I can't even see the most obvious answer.

Anyway, I think I'll just do that. Thanks!
 
Old 08-28-2004, 07:13 PM   #6
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For those people who either have a lot of mail or who don't want their "FROM" to be mangled by a forward-to-self (so it can be pop'ed by KMail), there is a Perl-based conversion script available by Tim Coston at:
http://freshmeat.net/projects/ceiconvert/

I just used an older version (i.e., I didn't find it on freshmeat directly) and it worked pretty well. (Note, the version I grabbed required a slight tweak to the script where a home directory was hard-coded rather than determined automatically, but this was fairly trivial). For reference, my system is a fairly stock MDK 9.2 system, so this is evolution 1.4 (in gnome 2.4) to kmail 1.5.3 (in kde 3.1.3).
 
Old 08-29-2004, 12:21 AM   #7
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I was able to import my evolution mail to KMail - they both were in mbox format.

But last week I decided that Mozilla's Thunderbird mail and Mozilla calendar are better than Kontact, so I switched again! http://geekgoesmeow.blogspot.com/200...o-mozilla.html
 
Old 08-29-2004, 09:39 AM   #8
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phylersphan:

It would probably be helpful for people here to know just *how* you got your evolution file(s) into kmail. (and possibly what version(s) of apps were involved, as improvements continue to be made). For my installation (MDK9.2, etc), kmail didn't seem to have an import filter that would work with anything I could get out of evolution, and evolution itself doesn't have any "export" filters of its own, and someone at the start of the thread mentioned a straight copy of files from ~/evolution to ~/Mail didn't work either, so it makes this transition somewhat non-obvious. Please, post details. =)
 
Old 08-29-2004, 04:43 PM   #9
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Using KMail version 1.6.1, under Tools - Import messages, choose "Mbox files (UNIX, Evolution)" and browse to your Evolution mail folder. That's all I had to do - nothing fancy. Maybe that import feature doesn't exist in some versions of KMail?
 
Old 08-29-2004, 09:23 PM   #10
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No, that particular import filter is not available in the kMail version in a stock mdk9.2. (Whether it might be possible to add... I don't know.)
 
Old 08-29-2004, 09:49 PM   #11
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That could be - I'm on mdk 10.
 
Old 09-10-2010, 11:18 AM   #12
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Smile Awesome info - option moved

In KMail 1.13, the option has moved to the File->Import menu. This has saved me SO MUCH time, as I have gone from Ubuntu Evolution to openSuse KMail. Thanks for such a great resource!
 
  


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