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19th Nov, 2008

We need software that will manage incremental backup of new Thunderbird emails on a daily basis. Has anyone any recommendations or aversions before I go hunting in the extensions libraries?

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stevegreen
19th Nov, 2008 13:14 (UTC)
The Thunderbirds have switched over to e-mail? Does that mean John Tracy no longer needs to sit in orbit listening to his radio?
were_gopher
19th Nov, 2008 13:15 (UTC)
You could look at this stuff. we use replicator to backup Turnpike on startup every day.

http://www.karenware.com/powertools.asp
voidampersand
19th Nov, 2008 16:28 (UTC)
Thunderbird stores e-mails in mbox files. Each mbox file corresponds to a mail folder and contains all the messages in that folder. The simple solution is to do a full backup of the mbox files. Doing an incremental backup would require reading through the mbox file and copying the new messages to a daily file, which could also be in mbox format. The mbox format is simple, and there are scripts that work with mbox files. However, a quick search did not find any scripts that do exactly what you want. If you decide to go the scripting route, there are libraries for working with mbox files.

Some e-mail programs use maildir format, where each message is in its own file. This creates a lot of files, but obviously it makes backup easier.
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