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I've exported a folder structure with several messages and subdirectories from Thunderbird to mbox files. I'm trying to import this to Claws via file>import mbox file... but, so far, it works only for one single folder instead of nested subdirectories.

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  1. Is it possible to import archive messages + folder structure to Claws? What formats?
  2. Is it possible to import archive messages + folder structure from Thunderbird to Claws?
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    mbox doesn't contain folders at all. Use Maildir format instead or a shared imap server. Nov 29, 2018 at 15:38
  • @IporSircer > "mbox doesn't contain folders at all." Thunderbird has two options 1) Tools > ImportExportTools > Export folder with subfolders (with structure) and 2) Tools > ImportExportTools > Export folder with subfolders (simple). Therefore, such description seems to suggest that Thunderbird indeed export folders information.
    – Mark Messa
    Nov 29, 2018 at 16:04
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    That is not a standard mbox format, it's mboxrd: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mbox#Modified_mbox . It can be only read by thunderbird. As i said, use Maildir, which contains folders. Nov 29, 2018 at 16:08
  • Mind to briefly explain (just the initial steps would be fine) how to export Thunderbird into Maildir and how to import Maildir into Claws ?
    – Mark Messa
    Nov 29, 2018 at 16:20

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You might try tbird2claws.py from https://www.claws-mail.org/tools.php though I have to admit, I have never used it. It will convert a local Thunderbird folders to local Claws MH folders.

Mozillazine recommend using KMail as an intermediate as it supports more formats than Thunderbird, but I don't see an easy way that helps in this situation...

(What I always use is imapsync, for IMAP to IMAP moves, which may not be an option for you.)

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  • Just tried tbird2claws.py but, so far, it didn't worked. Several error lines. Briefly: IOERROR: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: './lock'
    – Mark Messa
    Nov 29, 2018 at 19:46
  • > "as it supports more formats than Thunderbird" AFAICS, the problem is not Thunderbird, instead is Claws which only supports mbox to import (no subdirectories).
    – Mark Messa
    Nov 29, 2018 at 19:57
  • I'm gonna post my original question in another way: Is it possible to import archive messages + folder structure to Claws? What formats?
    – Mark Messa
    Nov 29, 2018 at 20:51

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