Bob Schwier on Mon, 30 Sep 2002 19:20:08 +0200

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Re: [PLUG] Recovering 7 years of email

Yeah, one problem with our glorious information age is that few have
attempted to suitably archieve it.
A reasonably publicized source with a good index would help a lot of
people, particularily those with legacy equipment.

On Sun, 29 Sep 2002, zeek wrote:

> I have years of email backups on a sundry of cdrom, floppy, and numerous
> sub-sub-sub directories that I'd like to somehow organize. For years I've
> viewed the task as too herculean or complicated that I quickly figured only
> a commercial solution would be availble, something to gladly accept my
> numerous mailboxes and transfer them to a propreitary format which could
> then only be viewed if EUL was accepted and paid for.
> In recent thinking of (Open Source: my/Postgres)SQL abilities I realized
> this task might not be so difficult.
> 1) A simple script to scan a mounted cdrom for mailboxes (uncompressed unix
> mbox, if it's a file and has ^From: more than once it's probably a mailbox).
> 2) Take certain elements of the mail header To: From: Date: and use that for
> indexing.
> 3) Feed it to the database
> 4) A PHP frontend to search/view/manipulate this database
> My question is then: It seems there would a large demand to search or browse
> years of personal email archives --there must be something out there. And
> yes, I have not looked yet... because typically the results are overwhelming
> and I'd rather get a poll of opinion.
> Cheers,
> -zeek
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