The Bottom Line
- Gmail Archiver lets you quickly forward archived messages to Gmail and other accounts
- Supports both mail in IMAP accounts and mail found in mbox files
- Gmail Archiver does not talk to Gmail directly
- Not all flat file and directory email formats are supported by Gmail Archiver
- Gmail Archiver collects mail from IMAP accounts, remote and local mbox files and mailman archives.
- The messages are either written to a file or forwarded to an email address, typically at Gmail.
- Gmail Archiver lets you specify a Subject prefix for the forwarded mail.
- You can tell Gmail Archiver to collect only a certain range of messages.
- Gmail Archiver supports Perl 5.
Guide Review - Gmail Archiver 1.7 - Gmail Add-On
Gmail Archiver is a straight forward Perl script that collects messages from IMAP folders, mbox files and even mailnam mailing list archives to be sent to your Gmail account (or any other email address). Using several arguments, you can tell Gmail Archiver which messages to fetch, and you can give a prefix for the Subject of the emails as they are forwarded to Gmail. You can, for example, prefix all messages from a mailing list with the list's name, which should make sorting and finding them later easier.
Unfortunately, Gmail Archiver does only forward and not directly insert messages into the Gmail system, so you still have to manually archive and maybe label them. Still, Gmail Archiver is a pretty cool hack that makes migrating your old messages to Gmail a relatively painless endeavor.