The Lotus Domino server provides an IMAP task which does more or less what it
is supposed to do: serve incoming messages to IMAP clients via the IMAP
protocol. IMAP is enabled on the Domino user’s mail file with a
-m mail/username.nsf performed from the administration console.
We have started migrating a small number of users from Lotus Domino to a new open source based mail server and I wanted them to at least be able to take some of their mail along. This is easily done with fetchmail, a mail retrieval and forwarding utility which can read just about anything from anywhere and dump it wherever ;-)
Since we are using a Maildir-based Dovecot, I simply create a new
directory under the user’s Maildir (e.g.
~/Maildir/Lotus), populate that
with a correct maildir format (three directories new, cur and tmp need
to be created), change to
~/Maildir/Lotus/cur and get fetchmail to
retrieve mail from the user’s Inbox:
Here I’m telling fetchmail to use the given script as a Mail Delivery Agent. The script simply creates a unique name in that directory and reads whatever fetchmail gave it to stdin, copying that into the file:
The filenames generated look like
lotus.671129000.740, the second part been
the nano second and the last part the process-id of the mda script.
This will grab all messages (
--all) from the user’s Inbox, leaving it on
the Domino server (
--keep). If you want to get messages from one or more
real folders (not views!) in your Notes mail file, add the
the fetchmail invocation (RTFM).
Do ensure that all files and directories in the newly created subfolder of the user’s maildir have the correct permissions and ownership.