Gmail uploadr

April 7, 2009 by pedro mota

  • Update: run in Ruby 1.8.7 since Mail (mailread.rb) was removed from the Ruby 1.9.3 Standard Library.

+++ title = “msg upload to gmail ruby class (imap)” date = “2008-12-04” menu = “main” +++

… moving to Google Hosted (Google Apps), there was the need to upload some thousands of e-mail messages. Since they were (mt) MediaTemple\“”) Berkeley mbox stores, I scp’d them locally (backup) and them imported them into Evolution local folders.

The problem was the copy/move to the google hosted imap mail server. Evolution couldn’t finish the task on severall tries. Mozilla Iceape (Seamonkey) had a similar behaviour, suffering from server disconnects, thus stopping the operation.

Because i had severall folders, the task needed lot’s of attention, and i wanted the machine to do it all by itself…

Solution: let’s code !! What response is the server sending… ?

Shugo Maeda’s Ruby net/imap.rb class (stdlib) is simple and trusty. Not wasting lots of time in it, i made a new class with the following usage, to send specified mbox file mail messages to a gmail (google hosted) account:


If GMAILFOLDER doesn’t exist, gets created (i prefered messages in temporary folders) upthere. If it breaks, you can: $ tail 2Gmail.log to see the last message sent, and restart the process in that message. I could have threaded the whole thing, but this is done just once, so lets keep in focus…

Usual problems during the tests, msg headers/body separation, timestamps, etc…

Class Mail in mailread.rb does a great job creating an Hash for the Message Headers. Sweet… Everything is logged, so that it’s easy to ‘grep’ for errors in the 2Gmail.log file. I had one only problem on a message with a 25MB attachment (gmail didn’t accept it).

All the messages are now up there, nobody knows for certain where (EU ? US ? both ?…) The code needs one or two more Exception Handling, but it works very well. I had 6 xterm’s uploading at the same time. And yes, I could have openned 6 tabs in Gnome Terminal since we have them for ages, Mr. Leopard ones! Hey, we can even detach Tabs to independent Terminal windows via drag-n-drop (like in Epiphany, way way long ago… way…)

There are some thousands more messages to be uploaded, from ancient backups… maybe next week.

Operation screenshot: at Flickr as usual


Get it here (ready for Debian & Ubuntu. For other distros, check line 1 or just prepend ruby interpreter on call)

$ chmod u+x 2gmail.rb\r\n$ ./2gmail.rb MBOXFILE GMAILFOLDER [STARTINGMESSAGE]

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