Reprocess mbox file

Say you’ve found an mbox file somewhere, and you’d like Postfix to reprocess the messages it contains, to have them imported into your regular mailbox.

Then you may want to copy this script:

#!/usr/bin/env python3

# Script to reprocess an mbox file.

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import mailbox, os, subprocess, sys

if len(sys.argv) < 3:
	print('Usage:')
	print('  %s recipient@example.com /path/to/mbox/file' % sys.argv[0])
	sys.exit(1)

recipient = sys.argv[1]
mbox = sys.argv[2]
if not os.access(mbox, os.R_OK):
	print('mbox file is not accessible')
	sys.exit(1)

for message in mailbox.mbox(mbox):
	proc = subprocess.Popen(
		['sendmail', '-i', recipient],
		stdin = subprocess.PIPE,
		text = True
	)
	proc.communicate(message.as_string())

Save that script as ~/bin/resend_mbox.py, make it executable, and execute it as follows:

# ~/bin/resend_mbox.py george@example.com /var/mail/root

Obviously, you replace george@example.com with your own email address (don’t spam poor George, please), and /var/mail/root with the path to your mbox file.

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