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#1: Email from yahoo folders - export, save, read offline?

Posted on 2006-03-02 20:36:33 by davec

Hi,

I have been using Yahoo mail for almost a year and have accumulated a lot of
messages, plus attachments, in the Yahoo folders.

I would like to export / save / read these messages (and attachments) on my
system, offline. Any ideas?

I was using (still am for a couple of addresses) Outlook Express and I have
Express Assist to back up my e-mail files. Is there anything similar for
Yahoo mail?

Yahoo seems to be holding my message files hostage or am I being paranoid?

A few months ago I switched to Yahoo mail beta. Was the old Yahoo mail
better about exporting / saving e-mails?

Thanks for any information,

DaveC

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#2: Re: Email from yahoo folders - export, save, read offline?

Posted on 2006-03-02 22:10:08 by Frank Slootweg

DaveC <dcutchi2@nospam.san.rr.com> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I have been using Yahoo mail for almost a year and have accumulated a lot of
> messages, plus attachments, in the Yahoo folders.
>
> I would like to export / save / read these messages (and attachments) on my
> system, offline. Any ideas?
>
> I was using (still am for a couple of addresses) Outlook Express and I have
> Express Assist to back up my e-mail files. Is there anything similar for
> Yahoo mail?
>
> Yahoo seems to be holding my message files hostage or am I being paranoid?
>
> A few months ago I switched to Yahoo mail beta. Was the old Yahoo mail
> better about exporting / saving e-mails?
>
> Thanks for any information,
>
> DaveC

If you're willing to download them to Outlook Express (or any other
POP-capable mailer), then have a look at YPOPS! [1] With YPOPS! you
could download one folder (including Yahoo!'s Inbox) at a time to OE. In
OE they would arrive in your OE Inbox, so you'll have to do one (Yahoo!)
folder at a time and move the downloaded messages from OE's Inbox to the
desired OE folder, but the latter is quite easy.

I hope this helps.

[1] <http://yahoopops.sourceforge.net>

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#3: Re: Email from yahoo folders - export, save, read offline?

Posted on 2006-03-03 20:12:44 by davec

Hi Frank,

I will try it. If it works I am home free. Wow!

Thanks for the suggestion.

DaveC

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#4: Re: Email from yahoo folders - export, save, read offline?

Posted on 2006-03-03 21:27:26 by davec

Well, it sounded too good to be true. I just installed YPOPs v 0.8.4 and
configured my OE. But I have Yahoo Mail Beta and YPOPs will not work with
Beta. Now my OE will not access my original account. Hope I can figure out
how to "reverse configure" OE.

Wonder if I should just wait till Yahoo Mail Beta settles down or switch to
another Webmail provider. I have RoadRunner as an ISP. They may have a
webmail system that I can integrate with OE.

I just noticed the posts about Yahoo helping the Chinese government to
locate some dissidents who were then jailed. Pretty gutless on Yahoo's
part. Gives me the incentive to leave Yahoo.

Thanks,

DaveC

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#5: Re: Email from yahoo folders - export, save, read offline? [minor rant]

Posted on 2006-03-06 21:40:58 by Simon Kellett

"DaveC" <dcutchi2@nospam.san.rr.com> writes:

> I have been using Yahoo mail for almost a year and have accumulated a lot of
> messages, plus attachments, in the Yahoo folders.
> ...
> Yahoo seems to be holding my message files hostage or am I being paranoid?

Yes they are, and no you are not ! This is part of their (and many
others) business model: provide a free service to get you hooked, and
either start to charge for the service or parts of it (eg Yahoo POP3
access was free: now you have to pay).

In the mean time they are after advertising revenue, which also favours
forcing you to use their web interface instead of POP3.

Sorry: yer pays yer money (or not) and yer takes yer choice.

--
Simon Kellett, | Gentoo Linux, Fvwm, Firefox
Darmstadt, Germany | Xemacs, Vm, Gnus

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#6: Re: Email from yahoo folders - export, save, read offline?

Posted on 2006-03-06 21:59:08 by davec

Hi,

Finally I was able to transfer all of my saved e-mails from Yahoo, but I
first had to revert from Mail Beta back to the old Yahoo Mail Plus.

Then I used the free utility YPOPs (won't work with Mail Beta) to transfer
the contents of each of my Yahoo folders, one at a time, to my Outlook
Express IN box. Then within OE I could save the e-mails into the proper
folders and sub-folders.

Whew! That was quite a job, but I am glad that I got it done before I lost
access to the old Yahoo Mail Plus. When Yahoo goes exclusively to their new
mail system it may not be possible to get at old e-mails by the folder full.

Now that I have YPOPs set up to automatically get my incoming e-mail I may
start to ditch Yahoo mail and try to get another web-based e-mail system
that is not quite so agressive. I am willing to pay. Does anybody have any
suggestions?

Thanks,

DaveC

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#7: Re: Email from yahoo folders - export, save, read offline?

Posted on 2006-03-06 22:45:27 by davec

Somebody on the moderated Yahoo mail forum suggested that Mail Plus and Mail
Beta might have an archive function (under Options), and they were right. I
could have saved myself a lot of fussing if I had been able to find that
feature. It downloads stored Yahoo messages in .eml format and they
magically go right into the inbox on my OE. So I guess that all of my
problems have been solved. Sorry for the bother.

DaveC

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#8: Re: Email from yahoo folders - export, save, read offline?

Posted on 2006-03-07 19:43:02 by Frank Slootweg

DaveC <dcutchi2@nospam.san.rr.com> wrote:
> Somebody on the moderated Yahoo mail forum suggested that Mail Plus and Mail
> Beta might have an archive function (under Options), and they were right. I
> could have saved myself a lot of fussing if I had been able to find that
> feature. It downloads stored Yahoo messages in .eml format and they
> magically go right into the inbox on my OE. So I guess that all of my
> problems have been solved. Sorry for the bother.

No criticism (hindsight is always easy), but next time you may want to
use Yahoo!s Help facility. In the past, many questions which people
asked here (in comp.mail.misc) were answered by browsing the Help
facility.

And thanks for posting the solution(s).

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#9: Re: Email from yahoo folders - export, save, read offline?

Posted on 2006-03-08 06:27:41 by davec

Hi Frank,

I did try to find a solution by searching Yahoo Mail help and also using a
Google groups search, but I probably did not have the right keywords in my
searches. Yahoo calls this process "archiving", not "exporting" or
"dowloading". I don't know what others call it.

Maybe you and other readers could help tag this thread with some keywords or
"key phrases" that might enable people to find it. Any ideas?

Thanks,

DaveC

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#10: Re: Email from yahoo folders - export, save, read offline?

Posted on 2006-03-08 12:00:21 by NM Public

Sur 2006-03-06, DaveC skribis:
>
> Whew! That was quite a job, but I am glad that I got it done before I lost
> access to the old Yahoo Mail Plus. When Yahoo goes exclusively to their new
> mail system it may not be possible to get at old e-mails by the folder full.
>
> Now that I have YPOPs set up to automatically get my incoming e-mail I may
> start to ditch Yahoo mail and try to get another web-based e-mail system
> that is not quite so agressive. I am willing to pay. Does anybody have any
> suggestions?

The easiest way to be able to get (and put) your messages from
(and to) a hosted email system is to use a system that supports
IMAP. I'm collecting a list of such providers on my IMAP Service
Providers page, which is here:

<http://www.ii.com/internet/messaging/imap/isps/>

Just say no to providers who don't support standard messaging
protocols!

Hope this helps,
Nancy

--
Nancy McGough ~ <http://www.ii.com> ~ <http://deflexion.com>

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