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I would like to merge inboxes from two different ISP's. I believe the format (for all msg related files) is "From ....... 0D 0A". I don't see merging is the problem "copy *.txt newfile.txt" where the old files are in the same folder but I question other files like ".msf" What is the format for this file and what role does it play? Is this one of these files that are re-written at each program closing?

I would like to merge inboxes from two different ISP's. I believe the format (for all msg related files) is "From ....... 0D 0A". I don't see merging is the problem "copy *.txt newfile.txt" where the old files are in the same folder but I question other files like ".msf" What is the format for this file and what role does it play? Is this one of these files that are re-written at each program closing?
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I'd be surprised if you had any *.txt files in your profile. Thunderbird simply doesn't use this file format.

Your messages are stored in mbox ("mailbox") files, such as Inbox, Sent, Trash, Junk etc. Those are the standard files; there will be others corresponding to any folders you have created for yourself. And yes, a file in your file system represents a folder in Thunderbird.

Each of those files has an accompanying .msf file which acts as an index and status record. I think you're right in saying these are re-written to disk when Thunderbird is closed down.

I have never tried it, but I guess you could concatenate two (or more) mbox files to create a new one. The way to deal with the original .msf files is to delete them, and Thunderbird will silently and automatically create new .msf files for your new composite mbox files.

Note that you can't do this with IMAP-based accounts. If, for the sake of an example, the Inbox file/folder in Thunderbird doesn't correlate with the corresponding file (or folder) on the server, then the server copy wins. It should be OK with Local Folders and POP-based accounts, where everything is stored on your computer and there is no conflict with any server.

The preferred way to do what you want is to move messages between folders, in Thunderbird, rather than mess with the underlying data stores. Doing this via Thunderbird effectively "posts" the message into the receiving account, and so, if IMAP is involved, the change gets copied to the server and so the server and Thunderbird are kept in step.

If this is an ongoing requirement, then there are several standard ways of blending multiple accounts into one:

  • Global Inbox under Local Folders (POP accounts only)
  • Saved Search folders
  • Unified Folders view
  • Message Filters to move messages on receipt
  • Get your email server(s) to do the heavy lifting, and set up redirects there rather than in the client.
I'd be surprised if you had any ''*.txt'' files in your profile. Thunderbird simply doesn't use this file format. Your messages are stored in mbox ("mailbox") files, such as ''Inbox'', ''Sent'', ''Trash'', ''Junk'' etc. Those are the standard files; there will be others corresponding to any folders you have created for yourself. And yes, a ''file'' in your file system represents a ''folder'' in Thunderbird. Each of those files has an accompanying ''.msf'' file which acts as an index and status record. I think you're right in saying these are re-written to disk when Thunderbird is closed down. I have never tried it, but I guess you could concatenate two (or more) mbox files to create a new one. The way to deal with the original ''.msf'' files is to delete them, and Thunderbird will silently and automatically create new ''.msf'' files for your new composite mbox files. Note that you can't do this with IMAP-based accounts. If, for the sake of an example, the ''Inbox'' file/folder in Thunderbird doesn't correlate with the corresponding file (or folder) on the server, then the server copy wins. It should be OK with Local Folders and POP-based accounts, where everything is stored on your computer and there is no conflict with any server. The preferred way to do what you want is to move messages between folders, in Thunderbird, rather than mess with the underlying data stores. Doing this via Thunderbird effectively "posts" the message into the receiving account, and so, if IMAP is involved, the change gets copied to the server and so the server and Thunderbird are kept in step. If this is an ongoing requirement, then there are several standard ways of blending multiple accounts into one: * Global Inbox under Local Folders (POP accounts only) * Saved Search folders * Unified Folders view * Message Filters to move messages on receipt * Get your email server(s) to do the heavy lifting, and set up redirects there rather than in the client.
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Thanks Zenos. Yes, I mis-spoke. Should have said plain language not txt. I would add the .txt extension. These are also very large files. Not sure how "copy" handles them. But using the VLFViewer I can certainly read them. Are there instructions somewhere for your last five bullets? I use POP

Thanks Zenos. Yes, I mis-spoke. Should have said plain language not txt. I would add the .txt extension. These are also very large files. Not sure how "copy" handles them. But using the VLFViewer I can certainly read them. Are there instructions somewhere for your last five bullets? I use POP
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