How to open a mbox file? Mutt displays no mails when calling
mutt -f sent.mbox.
The mbox format is "From" without colon.
Is there any mbox viewer for Linux?
Thank you in advance.
The first line of the mail is the “envelope From line”. It begins with the 5 characters
␣ is a space character. This is normal.
From Christian xxx <cg@xxx> Mon May 15 20:22:35 2010
What is unusual is that the email address is between
<…>. This is unusual. I don't know if it's against the RFCs or not, but I can see Mutt chokes on it.
You should get a valid mailbox (as in, one that Mutt can parse) by processing the mailbox file through the
formail command from procmail .
formail -ds sed '1 s/^From .* <\(.*\)>/From \1/' <sent.mbox >sent-reformatted.mbox mutt -f sent-reformatted.mbox
Any text editor is capable of opening
.mbox. Besides text editors Mozilla Thunderbird can open them too.
After a bit of nightmare on Windows with Firefox, where the .mbox gets open but only the first message is available, I found that Evolution works well: I created a new folder and then from File\Import... (I'm from Italy, the menu it's actually Importa...) I was able to read that old messages...
In order to view an
mbox file in Thunderbird, I needed the following:
mboxfile I was importing).
With those two conditions in place, everything worked well, and the file was available "as mail" in Thunderbird after import (with attachments intact).
In thunderbird you can open the file by placing it in thunderbirds local profile folder, under
$HOME/.thunderbird/<profilename>.default/Mail/Local Folders/ An .mbox file there will be picked up by Thunderbird and displayed. See also the detailed instructions linked by prashanth in a different comment.
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