[CentOS] extract MIME attachments from 700MB imap folder

Ray Leventhal centos at swhi.net
Tue Jul 1 14:59:06 UTC 2008


Hi all,

Issue:
I've been tasked with extracting a bunch of MIME attachments (M$Word 
docs) from emails which have been stored in an imap folder in 
/home/<username>/mail/<imap foldername>.  As the subject states, the 
imap folder is about 700MB.

Googling suggested that munpack might do the trick, but as it is 
intended only for one message at a time, it outputs the first attachment 
found, then exits gracefully.

Further searches seemed to talk about mimedump, so I yum installed 
perl-MIME-tools.noarch from rpmforge as mimedump this was needed, and 
includes mimedump.

I've read the man page, but am wholly unclear as to:
1) will this do the trick for me
2) are there other known tools which might be recommended

Thanks in advance,
-Ray

System runs CentOS 5.1, not updated since April, but it is not connected 
to the internet (I do bring it online to install packages as needed); I 
will do a complete upgrade before the end of this month.




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