[CentOS] (no subject) many .eml files with attachments to process

Paul Malinowski paul at fish4.co.uk
Wed Oct 11 14:48:08 UTC 2006

That's quite helpful, thanks,

At the end of the day I would like to find some tool in Centos
repository which as output will give me attachment in plain/text format
(attachment is either plain text either html, but if I will have a
attachment as plaint/text that would be enough to process content of

Mails are coming from exchange server, and they are in eml format. Any
mime tool in centos which I can use straight away rather the write a
perl script with using some module from cpan?

Thanks in advance,
Paul Malinowski

-----Original Message-----
From: centos-bounces at centos.org [mailto:centos-bounces at centos.org] On
Behalf Of Will McDonald
Sent: 11 October 2006 15:26
To: CentOS mailing list
Subject: Re: [CentOS] (no subject)

On 11/10/06, Paul Malinowski <paul at fish4.co.uk> wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm looking for some package in Centos which will provide en/decoding
> mime formats. I have over 1000 outlook mails to process, and it would
> great to script that, but centos 4.4 doesn't have a metamail package
> I couldn't find anything connected to decoding and encoding of MIME.
> Is there any tool in Centos repository ?

In your previous email you stated these messages were .eml files? This
implies your messages were extracted from Outlook EXPRESS rather than
Outlook, this is an important distinction as they store messages
extracted to Explorer (via dragging, for example) in different

Looking at an .eml file on a test system, they appear to be fairly
straightforward MIME encoded messages and I'd have thought any number
of Perl/Python/whatever libraries would be able to handle extraction
of their attachments.


Outlook's extracted message format, .msg seems a little more
"special", http://www.fileformat.info/format/outlookmsg/ It contains
multiple streams which would need decoding.


It would also appear you can import them into mbox format using

I seem to remember there are also a couple of libraries and associated
tools for converting dbx/mbx/pst mail stores into mbox.


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