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Old 04-09-2009, 07:00 AM   #1
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Where are Thunderbird Messages Stored?

First off, I'm using the version ( that is part of the Kubuntu package system; not sure if it makes a difference but may be useful. I would like to know if there is a directory or maybe even something like an XML file that maintains a list of messages for an account in Thunderbird. I know that deep within the .mozilla-thunderbird directory (within my home directory) that there are .msf files that hold the subjects but is there a place where the full message (subject, to / from, body, etc.) is stored?

I'm trying to write a shell script that evaluates information within the body of the messages, but I just need to find out how I can read the information in from a file or something. Thanks in advance for any help / info that's provided.
Old 04-09-2009, 07:54 AM   #2
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Messages are stored in your profile.

complete messages are stored in MBOX format

other options you might want to look at

fetchmail - for retrieving email
mailfilter - to determine what email to retrieve..
procmail - for processing retrieved mail, sorting, launching other applications, sending notification etc..


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