RFE: ability to open an arbitrary mailbox file by URL



MailNews: Message Display
15 years ago
13 years ago


(Reporter: Dan Price, Unassigned)



Firefox Tracking Flags

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15 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; SunOS sun4u; en-US; rv:1.2.1) Gecko/20021206
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; SunOS sun4u; en-US; rv:1.2.1) Gecko/20021206

On my company's intranet, I often find mailbox files as the result of web
searches.  We have a large amount of data stored in what I guess is the
standard mbox format.

I'd like to be able to view these files when I find them using mozilla.
If I click on the file, mozilla will dutifully open them, and render them
as text; but that's annoying because reading email messages that way is
tough--- you can't follow the thread of conversation, examine attachments,
etc.  A real pain.

Today I do 'mutt -Rf /path/to/mailbox'.  But if the mailbox file I find is
only accessible via HTTP, then I have to first download it.  All of this is
very cumbersome.  I really just want to click and have the mailnews UI take

As a first step, it would be nice to have enough UI support to point
mail/news at a file, HTTP or FTP URI and ask it to try to open that
as a mailbox; I'm not sure exactly how that would look in the UI.
I guess care would need to be taken to handle the read-only-ness of
such mailboxes, but perhaps that's already in mozilla.  I don't want to
consider such mailboxes as "local folders"-- I just want to browse them
like any other content.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:


15 years ago
QA Contact: olgam → laurel

Comment 1

15 years ago
I've just noticed that if I serve a single email up over HTTP, mozilla
seems to think that it is a mail message, and does a nice job of pretty-
printing it.

However, this doesn't work properly for mail spools--- it seems to think
the whole spool is one giant message.

In any case, I'd rather mozilla opened the email or the spool up in
Hardware: Sun → All


14 years ago
OS: SunOS → Solaris
Product: Browser → Seamonkey


13 years ago
Assignee: sspitzer → mail
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