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Sylpheed versus SM Mail

March 02, 2012 — BarryK
What a difference! It is comparing something created by one or two people with something created by a committee.

I have been using online (cloud) email with Gmail for so many years and have not used a local email client in all that time. I have had a wake-up call about the dangers of the cloud, see my previous post:

I have been complacent, have too much stuff in my online email account. Which of course Gmail encourages.

I have decided to POP it all. First I setup SeaMonkey Mail and News. What convoluted logic! -- I was unable to move the 'inbox' to my mounted partition.

Enter Sylpheed. Easy to setup my mounted partition as the mailbox -- simple, logical, like it should be. Then I was able to import the emails that I had already downloaded with SM (about 500). Now I am downloading the rest.

But, as Lobster says, with us changing puppies so often, we need somehow to automate the setup of the mail client. Some kind of "remember all of this" which creates a script on the mounted partition -- then when running a new pup all you have to do is click on the script. It could even install Sylpheed if it isn't already!


Username: ozsouth
In a remaster I made, I had a symlink of the /root/mozilla folder, pointing to /mnt/data. I had only to mount the desired partition at /mnt/data, & all my SM settings were there.

email clients
Username: Sage
"If you like Sylpheed you'll like Claws, a fork, even more, although it's bigger. Claws also has masses of add-ons to cater for almost everything, making it even bigger, of course. Surprised that you haven't tried EudoraOSE yet? Several Puppy developers have made .pet s of it for various flavours. Folks who have tried it like it. Only downside is that it is a bit too much like Thunderbird now, having been absorbed into the host; the UI is still most acceptable. Also Webster-only until you populate the personal dictionary.

Keep Seamonkey Mail
Username: esmourguit
"I plead for the preservation of Seamonkey Mail. I allways use Seamonkey without any problems since I discovered Puppy. As I often change of versions to try and translate the new scripts, a long time ago I moved the file /root/.mozilla in my local hard drive. On each new installation, I delete the file /root/.mozilla newly created and I create a symlink from the file .mozilla on my local hard drive. Thus, I not only have all mails but all settings, bookmarks and recently opened session of Seamonkey.

Sylpheed vs SM Mail
Username: BarryK
"ozsouth, esmourguit, Yes, a symlink might be the way ahead. looking inside /root/.mozilla, I see there is one symlink, which would be awkward if /mnt/home is vfat or ntfs (although apparently ntfs does support symlinks, but I don't know if the ntfs-3g driver does). It might be a good idea to implement this symlink semi-automatically, even in QuickSetup. Another thing I like about Sylpheed is that emails are individual text files, so can be viewed individually with a text editor. Another good thing about Sylpheed -- it has easy setup to POP or IMAP from Gmail.

/mnt/home vfat/ntfs?
Username: BarryK
"I would like to put out this question: Has anyone done a symlink of /root/.mozilla to /mnt/home (or any other partition) that is vfat or ntfs? And it has worked ok?

search for mails
Username: zigbert
""[i]Another thing I like about Sylpheed is that emails are individual text files, so can be viewed individually with a text editor. [/i]" This also makes it possible to search for mails using find/grep (pfind). Pfilesearch already supports e-mails as document-group with extension *.eml. Does Sylpheed use any extension?

Sylpheed mail files
Username: BarryK
"zigbert, No, the file names are just numbers, for example "526". The 'file' program identifies them as either: [i]RFC 822 mail text[/i] or [i]ASCII mail text[/i]

For your orientation
Username: Sage
"What are the differences between Claws Mail and Sylpheed? Claws Mail (formerly Sylpheed-Claws) started as the bleeding-edge version of Sylpheed, in order to act as a testbed for new features for Sylpheed. The idea was to regularly resync with Hiroyuki's main branch, and vice-versa. Claws Mail then evolved into the stable extended version of Sylpheed, and is now an entity in its own right, mainly due to different goals and the fact that syncing both codebases doesn't happen anymore. Claws Mail has many extra features compared to Sylpheed and is more powerful, yet is just as fast, lightweight and stable. [edit] Where can I get Claws Mail? See the Downloads page [edit] Who writes Claws Mail? Claws Mail is developed by the Claws Mail Team. [edit] How does Claws Mail store mails? Mails are stored in the MH mailfile format as used by MH and EMH. Maildir and mbox format are supported via two plugins available on the

Username: MU
"for Sylpheed, I have moved /root/Mail/ and /root/sylpheed-2.0/ to a second harddisk, and then symlinked them to /root/. Like this in other puplets, I just need to set the symlinks again in /root/, and have access to my previous sylpheed settings and mails. So mails and settings are stored on one central drive, that I use with my desktop-pc or with my netbook, when I'm on holiday. Mark

Symlink with ntfs
Username: peebee
"Barry asked: Has anyone done a symlink of /root/.mozilla to /mnt/home (or any other partition) that is vfat or ntfs? And it has worked ok? Answer: yes ntfs & yes - works great for all puppies running both Seamonkey & Firefox

Username: MU
"Barry asked: Has anyone done a symlink of /root/.mozilla to /mnt/home (or any other partition) that is vfat or ntfs? And it has worked ok? - yes for me it works, too, and also /root/.opera works fine. You even can add some more symlinks, I use a startup script that symlinks /root/.mozilla/firefox/rjekery9.default/Cache to /tmp/ so that all temporary files are stored in RAM (as /tmp is located in RAM using tmpfs). Mark Mark

GMail and SM
Username: GCMartin
"Ever since the days of Netscape mail, there has been IMAP. I am not sure how many are aware of the differences,but, I have found that all sites which provide IMAP services with your online mail have worked MARVELOUSLY! With GMAIL, I have been a user for many years, too. SM (Microsoft version) has been a mainstay for maintaining a local presence of use of local mail services in conjuction with the online (ISP) mail services. I have not and will not use any online mail services UNLESS IT PROVIDES an IMAP capabiliity. SM works. Here to help

symlink to mozilla on ntfs
Username: broomdodger
"Barry asked: Has anyone done a symlink of /root/.mozilla to /mnt/home (or any other partition) that is vfat or ntfs? And it has worked ok? racy5228 frugal on ntfs Moved /root/.mozilla to /mnt/home/Linux/.mozilla with a symlink back and it works. compiled sylpheed-3.2.0beta6 Did the same with Sylpheed and it also works. Bill

changing puppy solution in the works
Username: p310don
"This idea seems timely. RSH is making some headway into making my idea reality, which coincidently will help with email setups when changing puppies.

sylpheed address export - xml to csv
Username: broomdodger
"sylpheed address export - xml to csv Is there a general xml to csv utility for puppy? How can sylpheed address book be exported to csv?

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