dbmail-export - export a mailbox from the DBMail mailsystem to mbox
dbmail-export [-dDr] [-u user] [-m mailbox] [-s imap search] [-o
outfile|-b basedir] [-f configFile]
The dbmail-export program allows you to export a DBMail mailbox to an
mbox formatted mailbox.
specify the owner of the mailbox you want to export, using wildcards
? and * to match one or none, or one or more characters in the
specify the mailbox you want to export.
specify the file into which the exported mail will be saved.
specify the base directory into which the exported mailboxes will be
use an IMAP SEARCH string to select messages (default: 1:*) for
example, to export all messages received in May, use: "1:* SINCE
1-May-2007 BEFORE 1-Jun-2007"
flag exported messages as \\Deleted (use dbmail-util to expunge).
set delete status on exported messages (user dbmail-util to purge).
export mailboxes recursively (default: true unless -m option also
Specify an alternate config file. The utilities are currently
hardcoded to use /etc/dbmail.conf for their configs, and will halt
if the config file cannot be found. Use the -f configfile option to
specify your system’s preferred config file location.
Quietly skip interactive prompts and helpful status messages which
would otherwise be printed to stdout. Use two -q’s to silence errors
which would otherwise be printed to stderr.
Operate verbosely. Some of the utilities in the DBMail suite can
take two -v’s for extra verbosity. Those which don’t understand this
convention won’t complain about having the extra -v and will simply
operate at their normal verbosity.
Show the version and copyright, then exit.
Show a brief summary of options, then exit.
To export and delete all messages belonging to user Joe in mailbox
Inbox more than 30 days old, try this command:
dbmail-export -u joe -m inbox -o joesinbox.mbox -d -s "1:* BEFORE ‘date ’+%e-%b-%Y’ -d ’30 days ago’‘"
Note the careful bash quoting and backticks calling the GNU date(1)
command. GNU date(1) has excellent features for retrieving relative
dates. If you are using a different shell, you may need different
quotes. Descriptions of relative dates are not supported by BSD
To export all mailboxes named Spam for all users into individual
directories following the pattern SpamDump/<username>/Spam, try this
dbmail-export -u \* -m Spam -b SpamDump
Note the backslash to prevent the shell from expanding the , as we want
that to be passed into DBMail for expansion based on the internal user
If you experience inexplicable problems with DBMail, please report the
issue to the DBMail Bug Tracker.
DBMail and its components are distributed under the terms of the GNU
General Public License. Copyrights are held variously by the authors
DBMail is a collaborative effort among the core developers listed below
and the tremendous help of the testers, patchers and bug hunters listed
in the AUTHORS and THANKS files found in the DBMail source
Eelco van Beek Aaron Stone Paul J Stevens
Roel Rozendaal Open Source Engineer NFG Net Facilities Group BV
Ilja Booij Palo Alto, CA USA http://www.nfg.nl
3582 GE Utrecht
1. DBMail Bug Tracker