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Get saved search data out of Thunderbird and into plain-text fileby jkeenan1 (Deacon)
|on Dec 22, 2021 at 14:06 UTC||Need Help??|
jkeenan1 has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:
What I Want to Do: Be able to study the time distribution of the arrival in my Inbox of newsletters to which I subscribe.
Current Situation: I subscribe to 3 newsletters about which I receive a summary email 6 or 7 days per week. For years these summary emails would arrive at predictable times: 1:00 am local time (America/New York) for newsletters originating in Australia or the U.K.; 8:00 am local time for a newsletter originating in the U.S.A.
In the last 6 months the arrival times of these summary emails (which I believe use a common technology) have become very erratic -- as much as 16 to 24 hours later than normal. Since I am an active commenter on these newsletters, this is annoying.
One of the 3 newsletters has already begun moving to a different distribution technology. I would like to encourage the other 2 newsletters to do likewise. To that end, I would like to provide them with data about the actual arrival times in my Inbox of their summary emails.
I use Thunderbird as my email client to Pobox's IMAP server. I need to get the data out of Thunderbird and into a plain-text format (probably CSV) so that I can write Perl code to analyze it. (In a later stage, I will need to locate CPAN modules that will enable me to, say, create a scatter-point diagram with which to display the message arrival time data.)
What I Already Know How to Do:
Has anyone faced this problem previously who can point me toward a way to get the data out of Thunderbird and into a plain-text file?