Converting VMS Mail to Microsoft Internet Mail
Suppose you have a MAIL.MAI file under VMS, and you want to convert it to Microsoft
Internet Mail under Windows'95 or Windows/NT. How do you procede? You can use the
prescription below, which is in several steps. You will end up with all your VMS folders
as folders in Microsoft Internet Mail, with the dates preserved, as well as the Email
addresses of your correspondents. The procedure involves first converting the VMS mail
file into Eudora format using a program I supply, and then converting the Eudora files
into Microsoft format using a freeware program from Slipstick Systems.
- Log into the VMS machine where you have your mail, and create a temporary directory:
- Enter the directory, and download the zipped VMS2EUD.ZIP
executable (for Alpha). Alternatively, extract the VMS2EUD.FOR
source and compile and link it. An HTML-version of
the source is also available. This program reads your MAIL.MAI file, and converts it into
Eudora .mbx files, one for each folder you have.
- Run the VMS2EUD program, converting your mail into the Eudora .mbx files. Here is
an example session running the converter.
- At this stage you may want to delete the wastebasket.mbx file, and any other
folder files you don't want to convert.
- Now log into the Windows PC, open up a DOS box, create and move into a temporary
- mkdir \mailtemp
- cd \mailtmp
- FTP from this directory to the VMS machine, set mode ASCII, and mget all the .mbx files
(it is important to set mode ASCII so that the text files are transferred correctly):
- ftp vms
- cd [.mailtemp]
- prompt off
- mget *.mbx
- Now ftp the EUD2IEM program
from Slipstick Systems (which
is freeware). This program converts Eudora mailboxes into Microsoft Internet Mail. Follow
the instructions they provide,
and you are all set!
The VMS2EUD program was written with users of the VXCERN VMS system in mind: it does some
massaging of DECnet Email addresses accordingly. If you are converting mail on a different
system, you may need to modify the source code so
that it converts the addresses somewhat differently.
You can find information on converting Eudora mail into other mail agent formats here. Good luck!
Julian J. Bunn