If you like me was user of gspace Firefox plugin and noticed it stopped working many years ago, don’t worry, you can recover your files from your gmail account.
First step configure your gmail account to email download POP3 for all messages and install and configure getmail program to download your emails. It is very well explained here:
Then create a directory /home/user/.getmail:
$ mkdir /home/user/.getmail $ cd /home/user/.getmail
Of course you need to replace “user” by your username.
Then create a file getmail.gmail inside this directory with this content:
[retriever] type = SimpleIMAPSSLRetriever server = imap.gmail.com username = firstname.lastname@example.org password = yourpassword mailboxes = ("Inbox",) [destination] type = Mboxrd path = /home/user/gmail-backup.mbox [options] # print messages about each action (verbose = 2) # Other options: # 0 prints only warnings and errors # 1 prints messages about retrieving and deleting messages only verbose = 2 message_log = ~/.getmail/gmail.log
You need to create the gmail-backup.mbox file before running getmail:
$ touch /home/user/gmail-backup.mbox
Now finally you can run it:
$ getmail -r /home/user/.getmail/getmail.gmail
After you got all your emails, you could use mbox-extract-attachments.py python script to extract all attachments from your gmail-backup.mbox this way:
$ mkdir temp $ ./mbox-extract-attachments.py gmail-backup.mbox temp/
That’s all folks!