RE: Mail lives forever (Re: Bill Joy kicks around XML for fun :-)

From: Lisa Dusseault (
Date: Tue Feb 27 2001 - 09:29:15 PST

If you have, or can temporarily use, a copy of Outlook, you can import your
PST into Outlook and then re-export it as a text file with comma-separated
values, tab-separated values, or a number of other formats. Am I missing
something here -- is there some common reason why so many people are talking
about programming solutions, when you can point and click instead?

Another trick to get it into the format used by some other email client,
without programming, requires access not only to Outlook but to an Exchange
server that's configured to allow server-side storage. Run outlook long
enough to upload the PSTs to the server, so that all your mail is available
on the server. Then run another client to use IMAP or POP3 to download all
the mail again and it's in the new client's format.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chris Olds []
> Sent: Monday, February 26, 2001 5:02 PM
> To: Josh Cohen
> Cc: 'Stephen D. Williams'; Mike Dierken;
> Subject: RE: Mail lives forever (Re: Bill Joy kicks around XML for fun
> :-)
> A bit of poking around on msdn leads me to believe that MAPI is the right
> way to go - CDO seems to be more about sending mail and handling mail as
> it arrives, while the message store (.pst) manipulation is MAPI.
> I only have about 1GB of saved mail, but I think I've lost several hundred
> MB over the years and I'm sick of it. I'll post a pointer to the
> (Python) code when I get it working.
> /cco
> On Mon, 26 Feb 2001, Josh Cohen wrote:
> > This should be easy to hack together in VB or Perl using
> > CDO or MAPI...

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