Accessing mail box tree of Thunderbird/Seamonkey?

Cameron Simpson cs at
Sun Apr 5 10:21:44 CEST 2009

On 05Apr2009 01:16, Chris Rebert <clp2 at> wrote:
| On Sun, Apr 5, 2009 at 1:04 AM, robert <robert at nowhere.invalid> wrote:
| > Is there a API/possibilty for reading&writing (live) in the mail box tree of
| > Thunderbird/Seamonkey with Python?
| >From what I can google, they're already in mbox format, so you can use
| mailbox.mbox to read/write to them.
| See

But you should probably _not_ have thunderbird open when you modify them; it
expects exclusive access. Also, if you modify a file you should probably
remove the corresponding .sdb file, which is a cache of Thunderbird's
knowledge of the mbox contents (header values and probably message offsets
within the file).
Cameron Simpson <cs at> DoD#743

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