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l have nestscape communicator 4.05 (windows ver) and l want
to import(move) all the mail to linux netscape mail client..
please hlep on this, Can i import all the mails is there is
any utility is there to move the mails ..
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this can actually be done pretty easily.
May I assume you have a split partition, with
a dual boot Linux/Dos-Windows option?  

First, you establish a ppp dialin to your ISP.
Assuming that's done, go to Netscape, Edit
Preferences.  There are some menu items, one
of which is Mail.  Click on this, and go thru
the items like mail server, identity, etc., just
like you did for Windows' Netscape.  STAY AWAY FROM
THE SECTION ON NEWS SERVER UNLESS YOU ACTUALLY WANT
TO READ USENET WITH NETSCAPE.  If you open this
section up, Netscape won't let you save your changes
until you fill out all the info.  If you quit early,
you'll lose all your changes.

Anyway, after you get all your dope put into the
mail configuration boxes, you should be able to click
"Get Messages", and email will be downloaded from your
ISP to your Linux Netscape email reader.  Now, from
an xterm, examine ~/.netscape directory.  It should
be obvious where your incoming mail, sent mail, drafts,
etc., are stored.  Jot these locations down.

Now, as root, you can enter this:

#mount -t msdos /dev/hda1 /mnt  (assuming your dos
partition is /dev/hda1. just put whatever it is).

This will mount your entire Dos/Windows partition on your
/mnt point while Linux is running.  

Now, figure out where your mail is stored on the Dos
partition, and simply copy that data to the locations
in your Linux home directory.  

Now, from Linux, all your mail (even the stuff you
got with DOS' Netscape) should be there.

If it all works out, cd back to your home directory
and enter:

#umount /mnt

Dos partition is unmounted.  

Let me know if you hit any snags on this procedure.
I've done this exact scenario on my computer at
home; no problems.

Good luck!

Bill Cunningham
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