[Techtalk] email via memory stick?

Terri Oda terri at zone12.com
Fri Jan 4 21:13:54 UTC 2008

I don't know offhand how the Mercury Mailserver works, but just as a  
note of encouragement I will say that it definitely should be  
possible to do what you describe.  I'd guess that you can copy the  
relevant files from your friend's slackware install to the memory  
stick, then grab them on your box and push them into the queue. This  
might involve just copying them into the relevant directory, but more  
likely it'll mean sending the mails as arguments to some smtp  
program.  Even if the formats are slightly different, it should be  
possible to convert from one to the other since email itself is a  
partially standardized format, so they're likely to be quite similar.


On 4-Jan-08, at 4:36 AM, Ian Balchin wrote:

> Hi,
> I have put Slackware 10 with Gnome on an oldish box for a friend.
> They live 50 miles up a 100 mile dirt road with no internet
> connection.
> How can they do email? I am thinking that the emails are stored on a
> flash stick which they then bring to me and we plug it into my
> computer and send them off.
> They have to have something very simple to do at their end as they
> cannot cope with technicalities. (Trust me, it they still struggle
> with yahoo email after years).
> On my office box I have Mercury Mailserver (a Win thing, with Pegasus
> Mail). I note that each email generates 2 files which are stored in a
> Queue folder before being whisked off by the smtp module. Would  this
> be in a standard format? ie, when any email client has done and if
> the email is queued for later delivery, is the format by then
> standardised.
> If so we could copy her pairs of files into my Queue and off they
> would go?
> On the other hand maybe we need a matching smtp utility on the
> flashstick, but don't see how this is going to work as we are not
> running on the same platform.
> Any bright ideas welcome.
> Thanks
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