Archive in Thunderbird

Ignazio Palmisano ignazio_io at
Wed Oct 4 12:01:04 UTC 2006

Orjan Sinclair wrote:
> Howard Coles Jr. wrote:
>> On Tuesday 03 October 2006 1:56 am, Gunner wrote:
>>> I use backupmanager for that. it's easy to set up, supports ssh, ftp, rsync
>>> and
>>> has a sceduler for setting up when to do what.
>>> Not specific for tunderbird, though...
>>> /gunner
>>>>>     how can i archive in thunderbird any one can help me???
>> What you want to do is take old email and save it offline for retrieval in the 
>> future if you want to.  I'm not sure why Archiving email was not understood 
>> but that's a technical description.
>> I would like to know a fast way to do that with Kmail as well.
>> Every email package ought to have a way to save off old email, say anything 
>> older than 90 days, to an "Archive" package or whatever, so that can be 
>> burned to CD or just left on the drive.  However, once archived it would not 
>> be in the live email directories or Databases.  If you have ever used 
>> GroupWise its called an "Archive" because it essentially is the same 
>> directory and db structure as the live system.  I believe Outlook uses 
>> a ".pst" file, and Lotus Notes uses a "local" database.
> I just basically want to second the above. Archiving to me in this case 
> means removing from active use email that are older than a specified age 
> and storing it separately somewhere. I would love to see that in Kmail. 
> Did anyone say "plugins"? What happened to plugin writing?

One of the ways of doing that would be to add a filter to the "view"
thing on top of the window, filtering on the date of a folder, then move
the messages to a different folder. Then on the disk there is a new file
and a corresponding folder (in your .thunderbird or .mozilla-thunderbird
directory) that you can copy wherever you like. Hardly automated, for
sure, but for simple directory structure it's easy enough. HTH,

> Sinclair

Ignazio Palmisano
Ph.D. Student - palmisano at, ignazio_io at

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