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blog:my_mailbox_is_full [2015/12/31 18:17] (current)
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 +====== My Mailbox Is Full! ======
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 +24th December 2015
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 +I've been collecting and archiving my e-mail now for nearly 30 years. That's not strictly true: I've been backing up lots of files and junk now for a long time, and a part of this are the e-mail'​s I've sent and received.
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 +A while back I tried to find an old e-mail and found the task impossible after hours searching through old CDs and DVDs, so I bit the bullet and built an e-mail archive. I have a home-grown tool that extracts mail from various sources ([[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Mbox|mboxes]] and IMAP), finds and discards duplicates, and stores into directories and files based on the date, e.g. Mail_archive/​2015/​12/​24.
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 +With the archived mboxes, I run [[http://​www.rpcurnow.force9.co.uk/​mairix/​index.html|mairix]] over the Mail_archive directory to build the searchable index over the archive. The index is currently 102M in size. I then have a script that does a specific search with mairix, stores the matching e-mails into a temporary mailbox and opens [[http://​www.mutt.org/​| mutt]] on the mailbox so that I can read the results.
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 +My first received e-mail in the archive is dated the 23rd March 1988. At uni we had internal TOPS-20 e-mail from 1984 when I started in first year, but this is the first e-mail that I have that came from another system. The university had an [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​MHSnet|ACSnet]] connection to exchange e-mails from other locations in Australia, and I'd finally worked out how to use it. Within a few years most of the Australian universities had got Internet links and the ACSnet'​s use dwindled. I wish someone would write a good history on ACSnet and munnari.oz.
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 +Currently I have about 6.8G of mail stored in my archive. Below is a graph of the amount of mail I have archived on a yearly basis. It starts at 1.8M in 1988 and 2015 saw a staggering 1.4G of mail. I had to rescale the graph with a logarithmic y-axis so you could see the data from the early years.
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 +I'm not a fan of facebook, IMs and such, so I expect to be using e-mail (and mutt) for a long time to come. As long as disk space increases at the same rate that my mail storage increases, I'll be good!
  
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