Should be possible to import Outlook Express message rules (filters)

NEW
Unassigned

Status

P5
enhancement
18 years ago
9 years ago

People

(Reporter: karl, Unassigned)

Tracking

(Blocks: 1 bug, {helpwanted})

Trunk
Thunderbird 3.0rc1
x86
Windows 98
helpwanted
Bug Flags:
wanted-thunderbird3 +

Firefox Tracking Flags

(Not tracked)

Details

(Reporter)

Description

18 years ago
I have several hundreds message rules (e-mail filters) in Outlook Express. It
will take days to transfer them to Mozilla.

It should be possible to import e-mail filters from OE (and possibly other
e-mail programs).

Updated

18 years ago
Severity: minor → enhancement
QA Contact: esther → laurel
Summary: Should be possible to import OE's message rules (filters) → RFE: Should be possible to import OE's message rules (filters)

Comment 1

18 years ago
reassigning to naving
Assignee: gayatrib → naving

Comment 2

18 years ago
This bug is not targetted for any upcoming milestones. However, we would
appreciate any outside
contribution. 

Comment 3

18 years ago
*** Bug 97724 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 4

18 years ago
*** Bug 104023 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 5

17 years ago
*** Bug 155963 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 6

17 years ago
It should be possible to import some message rules (filters) at all, at least
mozilla's own ones (e. g. from another PC or a backup); would like possible
import of netscape's neverthless.

Comment 7

17 years ago
I don't think you can do this until bug 59821 has at least been partially
implemented.  Outlook Express allows for more complex filtering than just A and
B and C and D type stuff (actually allows (A and B) or (C and D)).

At least, I don't think that you can do it successfully 100% all of the time :)
mass re-assign.
Assignee: naving → sspitzer

Comment 9

15 years ago
Do Outlook and Outlook Express really use the same format for message filters?
This bug is about OE, but the dupes all were about Outlook.

If they use the same format, bug 248525 would be another dupe.

Comment 10

15 years ago
Confirming this as an an important thing to consider when measuring effort of
mass migrations to M&N / TB.
Product: MailNews → Core

Comment 11

13 years ago
Had this issue migrating one company to Thunderbird last week. Any ETA?
Status: NEW → ASSIGNED
sorry for the spam.  making bugzilla reflect reality as I'm not working on these bugs.  filter on FOOBARCHEESE to remove these in bulk.
Assignee: sspitzer → nobody
Status: ASSIGNED → NEW
Blocks: 423488
Filter on "Nobody_NScomTLD_20080620"
QA Contact: laurel → filters

Comment 14

11 years ago
A quick search in different relevant resources indicates it's still not possible to export or import message rules / filters to/from Outlook.

Updated

11 years ago
Flags: wanted-thunderbird3?
(Assignee)

Updated

11 years ago
Product: Core → MailNews Core
I think this would be good to have from the migration aspect - to make it easier to moving to TB.
Flags: wanted-thunderbird3? → wanted-thunderbird3+
Keywords: helpwanted
Priority: -- → P5
Target Milestone: --- → Thunderbird 3.0rc1
Summary: RFE: Should be possible to import OE's message rules (filters) → Should be possible to import OE's message rules (filters)

Updated

10 years ago
Summary: Should be possible to import OE's message rules (filters) → Should be possible to import Outlook Express message rules (filters)

Comment 16

10 years ago
If Tb really wants to attract serious OE users, this *must* be implemented.

Comment 17

10 years ago
Rules in OE are stored in Windows Registry, under the respective identity key, in a format that encodes the rule action in some dword value and with HEX encoding of the e-mail addresses involved in each rule.

Although official documentation is hard to get, or even unobtainable, it is worth a task to trasform OE rules to msgFilterRules.dat format.
That description sounds more like a call for an extension...

Comment 19

10 years ago
I see latest MSDN has more rule implementation documented so may be easier.  At least the values are now obtainable without trial and error research.
Phil in comment #19
> I see latest MSDN has more rule implementation documented so may be easier.  At
> least the values are now obtainable without trial and error research.

as in http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/microsoft.office.interop.outlook.rule.aspx ?

Comment 21

9 years ago
Still interested with my hundreds of filters (some obsolete but...)
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