import mailbox qmail archives from Plesk Obedian into ispConfig

Discussion in 'Server Operation' started by kameleon1er, Sep 17, 2020.

  1. kameleon1er

    kameleon1er Member

    my own conf = Debian Buster / ispConfig 3.1 Apache
    Hello, my mailboxes were on a Plesk server. I left this provider and he provided me with an archive of all my mailboxes from the qmail directory :
    Code:
    cd /var/qmail
    
    drwxr-xr-x 18 root root 4.0K Mar 21 22:51 .
    drwxr-xr-x 8 root root root 4.0K Sep 17 16:38 mailnames
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 157M Sep 17 16:54 mailnames_bkup.tar
    Can I reimport these directories one by one into each corresponding mailbox in ispConfig? And where are they in ispConfig ?

    These were IMAP accounts

    I saw that there was a procedure with a Remote_User but as I don't have access to the old server anymore, I'm looking for an alternative solution.

    Thanks
     
  2. till

    till Super Moderator Staff Member ISPConfig Developer

    ISPConfig stores mailboxes in Maildir format, they are located in /var/vmail/domain.tld/user/Maildir/
    I don't know how Plesk stores them, so I can't tell you if you can just copy them or if they need to be converted.
     
  3. kameleon1er

    kameleon1er Member

    hi @till ,
    they look like cousins, don't you think?
    Code:
    +———————— Plesk directories organisation —————+
    
    [email protected]:/var/qmail/mailnames/my_domain.tdl/contact/Maildir# ls -lah
    
    drwx------  5 popuser popuser 4.0K Mar 21 15:15 .Archive
    drwx------  5 popuser popuser 4.0K Mar 21 15:15 .Calendar
    drwx------  5 popuser popuser 4.0K Mar 21 15:15 .Configuration
    drwx------  5 popuser popuser 4.0K Mar 21 15:15 .Contacts
    drwx------  2 popuser popuser 196K Sep 14 17:00 cur
    -rw-------  1 popuser popuser    0 Mar 21 12:50 dovecot-acl-list
    -rw-------  1 popuser popuser  34K Sep 14 17:00 dovecot.index
    -rw-------  1 popuser popuser 1.7M Sep 16 17:02 dovecot.index.cache
    -rw-------  1 popuser popuser 9.8K Sep 16 17:02 dovecot.index.log
    -rw-------  1 popuser popuser  12K Mar 21 12:50 dovecot.index.thread
    -rw-------  1 popuser popuser   76 Mar 21 12:50 dovecot-keywords
    -rw-------  1 popuser popuser 1.7K Sep 14 08:10 dovecot.list.index
    -rw-------  1 popuser popuser 2.0K Sep 15 00:29 dovecot.list.index.log
    -rw-------  1 popuser popuser  312 Mar 21 12:50 dovecot.mailbox.log
    -rw-------  1 popuser popuser  94K Sep 16 17:02 dovecot-uidlist
    -rw-------  1 popuser popuser    8 Mar 21 12:50 dovecot-uidvalidity
    -r--r--r--  1 popuser popuser    0 Mar 21 12:50 dovecot-uidvalidity.5d6260f9
    drwx------  5 popuser popuser 4.0K Sep 10 14:44 .Drafts
    drwx------  5 popuser popuser 4.0K Mar 21 15:15 .Files
    drwx------  5 popuser popuser 4.0K Mar 21 15:15 .Freebusy
    drwx------  5 popuser popuser 4.0K Mar 21 15:15 .INBOX.Spam
    drwx------  5 popuser popuser 4.0K Mar 21 15:15 .Journal
    -rw-------  1 popuser popuser 4.9K Sep 16 17:02 maildirsize
    drwx------  2 popuser popuser  16K Sep 16 17:02 new
    drwx------  5 popuser popuser 4.0K Mar 21 15:15 .Notes
    drwx------  5 popuser popuser 4.0K Jul  8 18:23 .Sent
    drwx------  5 popuser popuser 4.0K Sep 14 17:03 .Spam
    -rw-------  1 popuser popuser  109 Mar 21 12:50 subscriptions
    drwx------  5 popuser popuser 4.0K Mar 21 15:15 .Tasks
    drwx------  2 popuser popuser 4.0K Sep 16 17:02 tmp
    drwx------  5 popuser popuser 4.0K Sep 15 00:24 .Trash
    
    +———————— end ————————+
    
    +———————— ispConfig Fresh install first mailBox ————————+
    
    [email protected]:/var/vmail/my_domain.tdl/contact/Maildir# ls -lah
    
    drwx------ 2 vmail vmail 4.0K Sep 17 18:57 cur
    -rw------- 1 vmail vmail 1.9K Sep 17 18:57 dovecot.index.cache
    -rw------- 1 vmail vmail  536 Sep 17 18:57 dovecot.index.log
    -rw------- 1 vmail vmail 1.7K Sep 17 18:57 dovecot.list.index.log
    -rw------- 1 vmail vmail  112 Sep 17 18:57 dovecot-uidlist
    -rw------- 1 vmail vmail    8 Sep 17 18:57 dovecot-uidvalidity
    -r--r--r-- 1 vmail vmail    0 Sep 17 18:57 dovecot-uidvalidity.5f63b182
    drwx------ 5 vmail vmail 4.0K Sep 17 18:57 .Drafts
    drwx------ 5 vmail vmail 4.0K Sep 17 18:57 .Junk
    drwx------ 2 vmail vmail 4.0K Sep 17 18:57 new
    drwx------ 5 vmail vmail 4.0K Sep 17 18:57 .Sent
    -rwxr--r-- 1 vmail vmail   23 Sep 17 18:57 subscriptions
    drwx------ 2 vmail vmail 4.0K Sep 17 18:57 tmp
    drwx------ 5 vmail vmail 4.0K Sep 17 18:57 .Trash
    
    +———————— end ————————+
    
     
  4. till

    till Super Moderator Staff Member ISPConfig Developer

    Yes, seems to be maildir format as well. Copy it over, chown everything to user and group vmail, then connect with an imap client and check if the emails are visible.
     
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  5. kameleon1er

    kameleon1er Member

    acount by account ? example : "/contact/Maildir/" from Plesk > "/contact/Maildir" @ ispConf /var/vmail/domain.tdl/
     
  6. till

    till Super Moderator Staff Member ISPConfig Developer

    Yes, the content from plesk Maildir folder must end up in the Maildir folder of the ISPConfig account, in the same way you compared the two folders in the post above.
     
  7. kameleon1er

    kameleon1er Member

    It works perfectly !!!

    I even tried, after passing a vmail:vmail chmod on the whole directory, to first move the mail accounts in /var/vmail/web_account in ispConfig, and then create in the Panel the account+DGKM+password, it recognizes everything > RoundCube

    I think you have a strong argument to convince those who would like to switch from Plesk to ispConfig but are afraid of losing their mail accounts :)

    Code:
    [email protected]:/var/qmail/mailnames (mailsAccounts) >> scp [email protected]:/var/vmail/
    ;-)

    maybe even an import script in isp? Why not.

    On the other hand, I wasn't using the contacts or calendar functions, I think that's stored in a database.

    Thanks for the help.
     
  8. Th0m

    Th0m ISPConfig Developer Staff Member ISPConfig Developer

    We already have the migration tool ofcourse, to convert from Plesk to ISPConfig :)
     
  9. kameleon1er

    kameleon1er Member

    yes I saw, rather complex and rather frightening for a non-specialist. Maybe a global_checkBox_function "check_all" :)
     
  10. till

    till Super Moderator Staff Member ISPConfig Developer

    No, its actually really easy to use, just answer a few simple questions and everything gets migrated automatically.
     
  11. kameleon1er

    kameleon1er Member

    In fact it work ! Maybe, just erase dovecot.index files, and be patient if you have a big Maildir.

    Finally, it doesn't really work. At the first opening of roundcube after the transfer and the "chmod -r vmail:vmail /Maildir" on new server, the list of old messages appears but in gray.
    And the first time the mail is picked up, the new one takes its place and deletes the old ones.
     
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2020

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