[Mailman-Users] ezmlm to mailman

Heather Madrone heather at madrone.com
Tue May 10 15:36:41 CEST 2005

At 10:47 AM +0200 5/10/05, cbaegert at eurosv.net wrote:
>Le mardi 10 Mai 2005 07:53, vous avez écrit :
>> I suspect that your mbox file is not in proper mbox format.
>Well, the messages are separated by a "\nFrom :"... Is there any other rule
>about the mbox format?

There can be, particularly if you are going from a system that adds magic
characters to the file.  You might need to translate end-of-line characters
and/or end-of-file characters.  You might also need to force certain header
fields into a particular canonical form, make sure that there are line breaks
at the end of each message, and make sure that there's a blank line between
header and body.

I moved a bunch of legacy mailboxes that were originally from 1992 SCO
Unix through 1995-2002 Eudora on Windows to Eudora on Mac OS X
and had to make several adjustments to get the Mac Eudora to accept them.
One of the changes was that the separating From headers needed to have
valid date and time stamps:

/*	From ???@??? Mon May 09 23:30:45 2005	*/

Many of the older mail messages had a mock-up null date in that space,
causing the Mac's Eudora to barf.

Since mailboxes are just text files, you ought to be able to go in and look at
both the mailbox files that you're importing and the ones that Mailman
creates.  Make yours look like the ones that Mailman creates, and you
ought to be in business.

Heather Madrone <heather at madrone.com>
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