An Unusual Alpine Challenge?

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Thu Jul 2 13:00:11 UTC 2020

If they're files in true mbox format, you should be able to point your
favorite mbox client app at the folder name and proceed from there as
you do with any mailbox.

I just collected a selection of emails for an unrelated project in W3C
from the past few years and forwarded the emails as a ingle mbox file to
my colleague.



Linux for blind general discussion writes:
> Hi All: I did ask in comp.mail.pine about this, with no responses. I had
> lost quite a lot of text articles which I had been collecting all the way
> back to when I first got on CompuServe in 1994. A great place of finding
> News related wire stories were in Usenet groups. Well, Giganews
> still has postings mostly back to 2004, some from 2003. However, we found an
> archive of articles from the 90s which are in .mbox format. I wanted to
> simulate looking at these stories as single articles the way they came off
> the news server, but these .mbox files are sometime 19thousand lines or
> 13MB. Sure there is Linux software to split these, but they are not
> maintaining their orriginal article dates. I think the package is git
> mail-split.
> So I created a new folder in Alpine, gave it a path where these articles are
> housed, but not only is Alpine still seeing the large .mbox file, but Alpine
> is noticing these as read only sub-directories, which in reality they are
> individual names of Clari news groups.
> Can any1 please suggest how better to work with these? I would want to
> aggregate groups of news stories to year related directories, then nuke
> them-and-go on to the next group as you would in an actual news reader. I
> tried naming these files differently thinking I can fool Alpine in to
> rendering them as I was hoping. Thanks so much in advance for any-and-all
> suggestions. There is another more complicate Debian package, mb2mdir  but
> it just gives these files strings of numbers-and-letters.
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Janina Sajka

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Executive Chair, Accessibility Workgroup:

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
Co-Chair, Accessible Platform Architectures

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