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1999\04\27@013646 by Russell McMahon

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I'll put this on a couple of lists where there should be people with
similar needs to mine - ie, the desire to access large quantities of
old email as a technical resource.

I'm looking for a means of managing old list email eg PICLIST.
I receive email from about 20 lists and growing.
I keep it all (almost) plus lots of other stuff and occasionally it's
handy to be able to actually look back over it and make some use of
it. To date I have resorted to DOS level browsing the mail files with
a file manager - not pretty but effective.

I believe that one can export to other arcane Microsoft formats and
applications (eg full Outlook) but this seems to be going from frying
pan to fire. I am running Outlook Express from IE4 and Office 95 and
could load Office 97 (brand new boxed version here somewhere) but I'd
rather stay away from Brother Bill's best if I can (stupidly probably
:-)).

Anyway, I was about to sit down and write a program to take the *.mbx
files from IE4 and write the output to either a formatted plain text
file or just possibly a (DOS ! :-)) Foxpro database file. The latter
is less universally friendly but I can compile a distributable
version of this if other wanted to do similar. Foxpro has the
advantage of providing very nice search and index functions and the
disadvantage of not being nearly as ubiquitous as plain text.

Questions:

1.    How do other people handle accessing large quantities of old
email files.
2.    Surely I'm re-re-reinventing the wheel here - are there any
good existing wheels I can use ?? (I have to start with IE4 files as
a source).

regards


           Russell McMahon

1999\04\27@104724 by Reginald Neale

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 Russell asked:

>1.    How do other people handle accessing large quantities of old
>email files.
>2.    Surely I'm re-re-reinventing the wheel here - are there any
>good existing wheels I can use ?? (I have to start with IE4 files as
>a source).

 This may not be of much help since I use a Mac. Maybe there
 are PC equivalents.

 I use Eudora Pro and save my daily email files as MS Word
 documents. Each month's mail is stored in a separate folder.
 I use a program called "Retrieve It" when I need to find
 something. It can search a whole Zip disk in a few minutes,
 and lets you display the text of a found document without
 having to open it in Word.

 Reg Neale

1999\04\28@145253 by tefan Ranguelov

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Hi  !

Russell McMahon wrote:
...

> 2.    Surely I'm re-re-reinventing the wheel here - are there any
> good existing wheels I can use ?? (I have to start with IE4 files as
> a source).

Take a look at :

http://discovery.altavista.com/

It can index and search your e-mail and all local documents.

Stefan

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