Export all from Groups.io for local backup, migration #transfer #export


Tom H
 

Faced with the demise of Wikispaces, at least it has a pretty comprehensive and long established Backup/Export feature with which one can transfer to some sites without great loss. All page content, stored files, page discussions and content can be downloaded in a compressed file. The pages can be delivered in HTML, PDF and various wiki text syntaxes and on-page discussions and comments in XML, related to the pages, even to selected text within. Groups.io looks to me to be a potential destination for my site and would be more attractive if it had a bulk import from a Wikispaces backup/export set. That said, I also want the target site to have an export capability similar to that of Wikispaces - I don't want to be locked in with no way out.

From what I can see, Groups.io is very definitely a multiroom building of which only a couple of rooms have fire escapes - the message archive and the members list. Everything else is downloadable one file at a time at best or is inaccessible (e.g. wikiimages). The message archive is exported in MBOX format for which I see there are converters available to, e.g., HTML; I've not explored how faithfully a HTML message is conveyed through such a process.
  1. Are others concerned? Has there been any discussion (I found some about exporting specific parts but nothing holistic)?
  2. Has anyone evaluated the archive export for completeness, fidelity, mobility?
  3. Has there been any push on Beta for full backup/export?
Thanks,

Tom
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Bruce Bowman
 

On Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 09:23 pm, Tom H wrote:
Are others concerned? Has there been any discussion (I found some about exporting specific parts but nothing holistic)?
The ability to bulk-download files and photos is a frequently requested feature. There is an ongoing discussion in beta about providing ftp access that you might want to chime in on. Of course this approach would not preserve file ownership but at least you could get everything.  https://beta.groups.io/g/main/message/16320

Bruce


 

Hi Tom,

Although this reply comes over 2 years following your initial post, perhaps you are able to answer.

I'm interested in whether you have identified any MBOX converter tools that are inexpensive or free to enable the conversion of the MBOX format to a CSV file? I wish to export for analysis in a spreadsheet. I see there are several MBOX converter programs in the Apple store. Perhaps you are already using a tool you like for conversion. If not perhaps you know of one that suits the need? 

Thanks, looking forward to your suggestions.
Beth Coleman


Bruce Bowman
 

On Wed, Aug 5, 2020 at 07:28 PM, Beth Coleman wrote:
I'm interested in whether you have identified any MBOX converter tools that are inexpensive or free to enable the conversion of the MBOX format to a CSV file? I wish to export for analysis in a spreadsheet. I see there are several MBOX converter programs in the Apple store.
Beth -- I'm told that Apple Mail can open an mbox file and export the messages as PDF or RTF (ref: https://groups.io/g/GroupManagersForum/message/32810). If you must have it in CSV format you will probably need the MacUncle add-on (https://www.macuncle.com/blog/export-apple-mail-contacts-to-csv-format/). If I'm reading this correctly, you will have to pay a licensing fee to convert more than 25 messages.

Caveat:  I have not actually attempted this. In more than 40 years of personal computing I've never owned an Apple device of any kind.

Good luck,
Bruce 

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