Thunderbird needs to support mail backup / save multiple messages at once



14 years ago
13 years ago


(Reporter: elreydetodo, Assigned: mscott)


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14 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8a6) Gecko/20041229 Firefox/1.0+
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8a6) Gecko/20041229 Firefox/1.0+

Thunderbird currently lacks the ability to copy multiple messages to a
filesystem in .eml (or any other) format.  There are currently several bugs
opened concening similar or partial backup-like functionality, but this bug is
about backups in general.  There is no way to save multiple files to a
filesystem (i.e. create a backup) without saving every message individually.

There are two possible ways of handling this that I can think of:

1) Allow drag and drop of multiple messages to the filesystem.  I have already
filed bug 227305 for this functionality.  This seems to be the only way Outlook
Express can handle this.

2) Make a "backup messages" option on a menu somewhere that lets you select
individual messages out of the currently selected folder to copy to the
filesystem.  The messages would be listed with checks next to them to select
which to backup.  There would be a textbox at the bottom for the location to
save the files to (and a browse button next to it).  There should be a way to
select a format to save the files in: .eml, .htm and .txt to start with.

Although I'd like to see option 1 implemented, option 2 I think would be a very
welcome feature for Thunderbird.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:

Comment 1

14 years ago
see similiar Bug 247312

Comment 2

14 years ago
Bug 247312 sounds more like a "backup your profile" bug than a "backup your
messages" bug.  Ideally, the result of this backup would be able to be opened by
any email client, not just Thunderbird.  If the backup were to include account
information as well I don't see that as a possability.

On another note, I think it'd be a good idea if all the messages could be
exported to a ZIP archive.

Comment 3

14 years ago
bug 258870 is about saving multiple messages at once to .eml which seems to be
the main focus of your request.
see also bug 102960 core/mn:backend save multiple messages as single file

A workaround is to create a temporary folder in local folders, copy messages in,
and copy the corresponding mbox file from the profile, as it's (nearly) a simple
concatenation of the messages with headers.
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