I have AT& T Yahoo email with a folder full of replies to me that I want to export to a TEXT FILE (.txt) and then put into a Word Processing program. I wrote Yahoo tech support and they replied that it’s not currently possible.
I have Ubuntu 18.4 as a dual boot on my Windows 10 PC and it has the email system that comes with Ubuntu, I’ve forgotten the name for a moment.
- Is it possible to get all of those saved replies into an Ubuntu email file folder if I name it the same as in Windows 10 Yahoo email?
- Could I then export those files, each has several pages, into a text (.txt) file and put into a WP file for more processing?
I have over 1300 files / replies covering a number of years so it’s not in the realm of possible to start 1 by 1 to open, find and copy what I want to put into a WP file.
Any suggestions are most welcome.
Pat, are you using the std AT&T/Yahoo account or the premium?
You can setup Thunderbird to pull all the emails from Yahoo.
There are a couple of ways to go here. You could use maildir format to store emails and then write a script to process each email.
Another option is to create a gmail account, pull all yahoo into that and then for each email chain - which could be 2 to however many - show original and then copy and paste that conversation into a file. Slow but doable.
WP file? Word Perfect?
I do not believe there is a simple way to do it so it will be a process.
I recommend this, because I tried to do the same thing, that is explained in the original post, some time ago with Thunderbird and failed horribly. I ended up saving each e-mail manually, one by one, in frustration.
Akito, you failed with maildir or getting each mail into a file?
I failed with the Thunderbird GUI. Never tried it with a CLI tool like
Ah, yea, got it.
I worked on a project where we did this and its not as easy as it
sounds (on paper). But, if the OP can script - it helps.
@Rosika shared this method with me and it worked great on a smallish folder with a couple dozen messages in it.
i used thunderbird to get all of the messages downloaded and the ImportExportTools NG add-on to do the exporting. installing thunar made the batch renaming easier, but probably wasn’t strictly necessary.
- for the first run only, in ImportExportTools NG settings Misc tab click “Add date to the file properties”.
- right-click on the folder that you want to export
- hover over the ImportExportTools NG entry in the context menu to expand a second menu.
- hover over “Export all messages in the folder” to be presented with a menu of export format options.
4b. it would probably help to have created the export directory on your system before getting this far.
- i chose plain text.
- after this is where thunar could be helpful with batch renaming.
- in the export folder, sort all files according to date with the oldest email listed first.
- mark all messages (ctrl + a).
- press F2 to open a batch renaming window. or click on the Edit menu and then choose Rename.
- in the uppermost selection box at left, choose “Numbering” to number all messages starting from the oldest with 1.
- i didn’t change any of the other options and clicked on “Rename Files”.
- open a terminal from within the respective directory. or open a terminal and
cd to the appropriate directory.
- run the command
cat *.txt > name_of_file.txt
i quite agree that possibly looks a bit complicated, but it took way longer to type out than it did to set it up and run it the first time