VM Names file Conversion Utility

This conversion utility can be used to do one of two things:

  1. get a list of your VM Names files;
  2. convert an existing VM Names file to a format for use with Eudora, Elm, Pine or other Email user clients.

NB: This utility will do its best to convert most entries in names files. Since VM names files are free-format, not everything may convert completely. After the conversion is finished, please check the converted file to make sure that the information is correct, and fix any items that did not convert correctly.

NB 2: Please read the notes near the end of this form to make sure that you put your names file in the correct place to be recognized by your mail program!

To list your Names files, follow these steps:

  1. Fill in your VM user name below, and fill in an asterisk (*) for Names file name. Fill in the VM minidisk address if it is not 191.
  2. Press the Submit button below. A list of all Names files on the selected minidisk will be displayed.

To convert a Names file, follow these steps:

  1. Fill in your VM user name below, together with the name of the VM Names file that you wish to have converted. Fill in the VM minidisk address if it is not 191.
  2. Press the Submit button below.
  3. If a dialog box says that this is an unknown type of file and asks you what to do, select Save to File or the equivalent action.
  4. A dialog box will appear asking you to save the converted files. You should position to the appropriate mail folder and then enter the name under which this Names file is to be saved. See the notes below on different options.

User name:               
Names file name:      (Default = your userid)
VM Mini Disk address       (Default = 191) 

Format to convert to: 

This utility attempts to select the correct linend conventions for your client (Carriage returns for Macintosh, New Lines for UNIX, and Carriage return/New Line for PCs). This feature may not work correctly if you are not using Netscape or Internet Explorer.

Notes for Macintosh Eudora Users

Nickname (Eudora 2.0) or Address Book (Eudora 3.0) files are kept in the Eudora folder in your System Folder. If you do not yet have a file in this folder named Nicknames, or if you do not want to keep the current contents of that file, save this downloaded file as Nicknames. If you have existing nicknames that you want to preserve, save this downloaded file under a different name, then use the Open menu item to open both Nicknames and your downloaded file as text files, then cut and paste the desired nicknames from the downloaded file into the Nicknames file. Save and close the files, and quit and restart Eudora to see the new nicknames.

Notes for Windows Eudora Users

Eudora provides for additional Nicknames files. Save this downloaded file under any unused name in the C:\EUDORA\NICKNAMES folder and use .TXT as the filetype (e.g. C:\EUDORA\NICNAMES\MYNAMES.TXT). Quit and restart Eudora to see the new nicknames.

Notes for Elm Users

Elm keeps mail aliases in the file $HOME/.elm/aliases.text. Save your downloaded aliases in this file, or, if you have an existing aliases.text file, save the downloaded aliases to a new file and use a text editor to merge the two files. Then run the command newalias to have elm rebuild the alias file.

Notes for Pine Users

Pine keeps mail aliases in the file $HOME/.addressbook. Save your downloaded aliases in this file, or, if you have an existing .addressbook file, save the downloaded aliases to a new file and use a text editor to merge the two files.

Notes for UNIX Mail Users

The UNIX Mail commands use alias command in a file name $HOME/.mailrc, which can contain other mail settings. Save your downloaded file under a new name, and use a text editor to merge with your .mailrc file.

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