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Re: Convert text file to mbox file?

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Convert text file to mbox file?
Date: Thu, 03 Mar 2022 20:24:06 +0200

> From: "Dr. C. Baxter" <>
> Date: Thu, 03 Mar 2022 17:53:28 +0000
> In my rmail configuration, I have sent the variable
> 'mail-archive-file-name' to a local file 'sent'. All appeared to go well
> for several months, but when I now try to read 'sent' via "M-x rmail-input"
> I'm told that 'sent' is an Invalid mbox file. I think the problem may
> have arisen when I edited and saved 'sent' as if it were an ordinary
> text file. Is there anyway in which I can covert 'sent' back to an mbox
> file?

My suggestion is to establish what exactly causes Rmail to signal this
error.  Set debug-on-error non-nil, and examine the backtrace; then
step with Edebug if needed.

Once you understand what exactly causes the error, I'm quite sure
repairing your archive will be easy.

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