Thursday, September 29, 2005

Bloglines Excavation

A few days ago, I found myself wishing I had a blog post from back in the days when I hosted my own Roller blog. Tracking the post down ended up not being worth the trouble because the only copy I had left was in a mysql database on an old, Linux-formatted hard drive sitting in the bottom of my closet. When I started this blog, I went out of my way to keep the same URL for the XML feed so readers wouldn't have to resubscribe. I was screwing around in Bloglines a couple of minutes ago and clicked "All Posts" for my blog. Low and behold, Bloglines has what appears to be a near-complete history dating back a few years including the post I was looking for! Score one for web-based readers. Now if I could only extract my old emails out of Mail.app's cache on my laptop, I could throw the hard drive away. In case anyone has any ideas, I need to serve the emails up with a POP3 server in order to import them. They're stored in separate files. If I just cat them all together, will that be a valid mbox file?

2 Comments:

Anonymous b3 said...

If you're looking to go from Mail.app 2.x (Tiger) "emlx" format to mbox, you might want to take a look at this - claims to be an emlx-> mbox conversion script:

http://www.cosmicsoft.net/emlxconvert.html

Haven't tried it myself, but it looked interesting enough to bookmark =)

4:30 AM  
Blogger Bob Lee said...

Thanks! I'll try it out.

8:04 AM  

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