# mailbox — Manipuler les boîtes de courriels dans différents formats¶

Code source : Lib/mailbox.py

Ce module définit deux classes, Mailbox et Message, pour accéder et manipuler les boîtes de courriel sur le disque et les messages qu'elles contiennent. Mailbox offre une interface ressemblant aux dictionnaires avec des clés et des messages. La classe Message étend le module email.message de la classe Message avec un état et un comportement spécifiques à son format. Les formats de boîtes de courriel gérés sont Maildir, mbox, MH, Babyl et MMDF.

Voir aussi

Module email

Représente et manipule des messages.

## Objets Mailbox¶

class mailbox.Mailbox

Une boîte mail, qui peut être inspectée et modifiée.

La classe Mailbox définit une interface et n'est pas destinée à être instanciée. Les sous-classes de format spécifique doivent plutôt hériter de Mailbox et votre code doit instancier une sous-classe particulière.

L'interface Mailbox est un compatible avec celle des dictionnaires, avec de courtes clés correspondant aux messages. Les clés sont générées par l'instance Mailbox avec laquelle elles sont utilisées et n'ont de sens que pour cette instance Mailbox. Une clé continue d'identifier un message même si le message correspondant est modifié ou remplacé par un autre message.

Les messages peuvent être ajoutés à une instance Mailbox en utilisant la méthode add() (comme pour les ensembles), et supprimés en utilisant soit l'instruction del soit les méthodes remove() et discard() (comme pour les ensembles).

La sémantique de l'interface Mailbox diffère de la sémantique des dictionnaires sur plusieurs aspects. À chaque fois qu'un message est demandé, une nouvelle représentation (généralement une instance Message) est générée en se basant sur l'état actuel de la boîte mail. De la même manière, lorsqu'un message est ajouté à l'instance Mailbox, le contenu de la représentation du message donné est copié. En aucun cas une référence vers la représentation du message n'est gardée par l'instance Mailbox.

L'itérateur par défaut de Mailbox itère sur les représentations des messages et pas sur les clés (comme le fait par défaut l'itérateur des dictionnaires). De plus, les modifications sur une boîte mail durant l'itération sont sûres et clairement définies. Les messages ajoutés à la boîte mail après la création d'un itérateur ne sont pas vus par l'itérateur. Les messages supprimés de la boîte mail avant que l'itérateur les traite seront ignorés silencieusement. Toutefois, utiliser une clé depuis un itérateur peut aboutir à une exception KeyError si le message correspondant est supprimé par la suite.

Avertissement

Soyez très prudent lorsque vous éditez des boîtes mail qui peuvent être modifiées par d'autres processus. Le format de boîte mail le plus sûr à utiliser pour ces tâches est Maildir, essayez d'éviter les formats à fichier unique tels que mbox afin d'empêcher les écritures concurrentes. Si vous modifiez une boîte mail, vous devez la verrouiller en appelant les méthodes lock() et unlock() avant de lire les messages dans le fichier ou d'y appliquer des changements en y ajoutant ou supprimant des messages. Ne pas verrouiller la boîte mail vous fait prendre le risque de perdre des messages ou de corrompre la boîte mail entière.

Les instances Mailbox contiennent les méthodes suivantes :

add(message)

Ajoute message à la boîte mail et renvoie la clé qui lui a été assigné.

Le paramètre message peut être une instance Message, une instance email.message.Message, une chaîne de caractères, une séquence d'octets ou un objet fichier-compatible (qui doit être ouvert en mode binaire). Si message est une instance de la sous-classe Message au format correspondant (par exemple s'il s'agit d'une instance mboxMessage et d'une instance mbox), les informations spécifiques à son format sont utilisées. Sinon, des valeurs par défaut raisonnables pour son format sont utilisées.

Modifié dans la version 3.2: Ajout de la gestion des messages binaires.

remove(key)
__delitem__(key)
discard(key)

Supprime le message correspondant à key dans la boîte mail.

Si ce message n'existe pas, une exception KeyError est levée si la méthode a été appelée en tant que remove() ou __delitem__() ; mais aucune exception n'est levée si la méthode a été appelée en tant que discard(). Vous préférerez sûrement le comportement de discard() si le format de boîte mail sous-jacent accepte la modification concurrente par les autres processus.

__setitem__(key, message)

Remplace le message correspondant à key par message. Lève une exception KeyError s'il n'y a pas déjà de message correspondant à key.

Comme pour add(), le paramètre message peut être une instance Message, une instance email.message.Message, une chaîne de caractères, une chaîne d'octets ou un objet fichier-compatible (qui doit être ouvert en mode binaire). Si message est une instance de la sous-classe Message au format correspondant (par exemple s'il s'agit d'une instance mboxMessage et d'une instance mbox), les informations spécifiques à son format sont utilisées. Sinon, les informations spécifiques au format du message qui correspond à key ne sont modifiées.

iterkeys()
keys()

Renvoie un itérateur sur toutes les clés s'il est appelé en tant que iterkeys() ou renvoie une liste de clés s'il est appelé en tant que keys().

itervalues()
__iter__()
values()

Renvoie un itérateur sur les représentations de tous les messages s'il est appelé en tant que itervalues() ou __iter__() et renvoie une liste de ces représentations s'il est appelé en tant que values(). Les messages sont représentés en tant qu'instances de la sous-classe Message au format correspondant à moins qu'une fabrique de messages personnalisée soit spécifiée lorsque l'instance Mailbox a été initialisée.

Note

Le comportement de __iter__() diffère de celui d'un dictionnaire, pour lequel l'itération se fait sur ses clés.

iteritems()
items()

Renvoie un itérateur sur les paires (key, message), où key est une clé et message est la représentation d'un message, si appelée en tant que iteritems() ; ou renvoie une liste de paires semblables si appelée en tant que items(). Les messages sont représentés comme instances au format approprié et spécifique d'une sous-classe de Message à moins qu'une moulinette personnalisée de message ait été spécifiée lors de l'initialisation de l'instance Mailbox.

get(key, default=None)
__getitem__(key)

Return a representation of the message corresponding to key. If no such message exists, default is returned if the method was called as get() and a KeyError exception is raised if the method was called as __getitem__(). The message is represented as an instance of the appropriate format-specific Message subclass unless a custom message factory was specified when the Mailbox instance was initialized.

get_message(key)

Return a representation of the message corresponding to key as an instance of the appropriate format-specific Message subclass, or raise a KeyError exception if no such message exists.

get_bytes(key)

Return a byte representation of the message corresponding to key, or raise a KeyError exception if no such message exists.

Nouveau dans la version 3.2.

get_string(key)

Return a string representation of the message corresponding to key, or raise a KeyError exception if no such message exists. The message is processed through email.message.Message to convert it to a 7bit clean representation.

get_file(key)

Return a file-like representation of the message corresponding to key, or raise a KeyError exception if no such message exists. The file-like object behaves as if open in binary mode. This file should be closed once it is no longer needed.

Modifié dans la version 3.2: The file object really is a binary file; previously it was incorrectly returned in text mode. Also, the file-like object now supports the context management protocol: you can use a with statement to automatically close it.

Note

Unlike other representations of messages, file-like representations are not necessarily independent of the Mailbox instance that created them or of the underlying mailbox. More specific documentation is provided by each subclass.

__contains__(key)

Return True if key corresponds to a message, False otherwise.

__len__()

Return a count of messages in the mailbox.

clear()

Supprime tous les messages de la boîte de courriel.

pop(key, default=None)

Return a representation of the message corresponding to key and delete the message. If no such message exists, return default. The message is represented as an instance of the appropriate format-specific Message subclass unless a custom message factory was specified when the Mailbox instance was initialized.

popitem()

Return an arbitrary (key, message) pair, where key is a key and message is a message representation, and delete the corresponding message. If the mailbox is empty, raise a KeyError exception. The message is represented as an instance of the appropriate format-specific Message subclass unless a custom message factory was specified when the Mailbox instance was initialized.

update(arg)

Parameter arg should be a key-to-message mapping or an iterable of (key, message) pairs. Updates the mailbox so that, for each given key and message, the message corresponding to key is set to message as if by using __setitem__(). As with __setitem__(), each key must already correspond to a message in the mailbox or else a KeyError exception will be raised, so in general it is incorrect for arg to be a Mailbox instance.

Note

Unlike with dictionaries, keyword arguments are not supported.

flush()

Write any pending changes to the filesystem. For some Mailbox subclasses, changes are always written immediately and flush() does nothing, but you should still make a habit of calling this method.

lock()

Acquire an exclusive advisory lock on the mailbox so that other processes know not to modify it. An ExternalClashError is raised if the lock is not available. The particular locking mechanisms used depend upon the mailbox format. You should always lock the mailbox before making any modifications to its contents.

unlock()

Release the lock on the mailbox, if any.

close()

Flush the mailbox, unlock it if necessary, and close any open files. For some Mailbox subclasses, this method does nothing.

### Maildir¶

class mailbox.Maildir(dirname, factory=None, create=True)

A subclass of Mailbox for mailboxes in Maildir format. Parameter factory is a callable object that accepts a file-like message representation (which behaves as if opened in binary mode) and returns a custom representation. If factory is None, MaildirMessage is used as the default message representation. If create is True, the mailbox is created if it does not exist.

If create is True and the dirname path exists, it will be treated as an existing maildir without attempting to verify its directory layout.

It is for historical reasons that dirname is named as such rather than path.

Maildir is a directory-based mailbox format invented for the qmail mail transfer agent and now widely supported by other programs. Messages in a Maildir mailbox are stored in separate files within a common directory structure. This design allows Maildir mailboxes to be accessed and modified by multiple unrelated programs without data corruption, so file locking is unnecessary.

Maildir mailboxes contain three subdirectories, namely: tmp, new, and cur. Messages are created momentarily in the tmp subdirectory and then moved to the new subdirectory to finalize delivery. A mail user agent may subsequently move the message to the cur subdirectory and store information about the state of the message in a special "info" section appended to its file name.

Folders of the style introduced by the Courier mail transfer agent are also supported. Any subdirectory of the main mailbox is considered a folder if '.' is the first character in its name. Folder names are represented by Maildir without the leading '.'. Each folder is itself a Maildir mailbox but should not contain other folders. Instead, a logical nesting is indicated using '.' to delimit levels, e.g., "Archived.2005.07".

Note

The Maildir specification requires the use of a colon (':') in certain message file names. However, some operating systems do not permit this character in file names, If you wish to use a Maildir-like format on such an operating system, you should specify another character to use instead. The exclamation point ('!') is a popular choice. For example:

import mailbox
mailbox.Maildir.colon = '!'


The colon attribute may also be set on a per-instance basis.

Maildir instances have all of the methods of Mailbox in addition to the following:

list_folders()

Return a list of the names of all folders.

get_folder(folder)

Return a Maildir instance representing the folder whose name is folder. A NoSuchMailboxError exception is raised if the folder does not exist.

add_folder(folder)

Create a folder whose name is folder and return a Maildir instance representing it.

remove_folder(folder)

Delete the folder whose name is folder. If the folder contains any messages, a NotEmptyError exception will be raised and the folder will not be deleted.

clean()

Delete temporary files from the mailbox that have not been accessed in the last 36 hours. The Maildir specification says that mail-reading programs should do this occasionally.

Some Mailbox methods implemented by Maildir deserve special remarks:

add(message)
__setitem__(key, message)
update(arg)

Avertissement

These methods generate unique file names based upon the current process ID. When using multiple threads, undetected name clashes may occur and cause corruption of the mailbox unless threads are coordinated to avoid using these methods to manipulate the same mailbox simultaneously.

flush()

All changes to Maildir mailboxes are immediately applied, so this method does nothing.

lock()
unlock()

Maildir mailboxes do not support (or require) locking, so these methods do nothing.

close()

Maildir instances do not keep any open files and the underlying mailboxes do not support locking, so this method does nothing.

get_file(key)

Depending upon the host platform, it may not be possible to modify or remove the underlying message while the returned file remains open.

Voir aussi

maildir man page from Courier

A specification of the format. Describes a common extension for supporting folders.

Using maildir format

Notes on Maildir by its inventor. Includes an updated name-creation scheme and details on "info" semantics.

### mbox¶

class mailbox.mbox(path, factory=None, create=True)

A subclass of Mailbox for mailboxes in mbox format. Parameter factory is a callable object that accepts a file-like message representation (which behaves as if opened in binary mode) and returns a custom representation. If factory is None, mboxMessage is used as the default message representation. If create is True, the mailbox is created if it does not exist.

The mbox format is the classic format for storing mail on Unix systems. All messages in an mbox mailbox are stored in a single file with the beginning of each message indicated by a line whose first five characters are "From ".

Several variations of the mbox format exist to address perceived shortcomings in the original. In the interest of compatibility, mbox implements the original format, which is sometimes referred to as mboxo. This means that the Content-Length header, if present, is ignored and that any occurrences of "From " at the beginning of a line in a message body are transformed to ">From " when storing the message, although occurrences of ">From " are not transformed to "From " when reading the message.

Some Mailbox methods implemented by mbox deserve special remarks:

get_file(key)

Using the file after calling flush() or close() on the mbox instance may yield unpredictable results or raise an exception.

lock()
unlock()

Three locking mechanisms are used---dot locking and, if available, the flock() and lockf() system calls.

Voir aussi

mbox man page from tin

A specification of the format, with details on locking.

Configuring Netscape Mail on Unix: Why The Content-Length Format is Bad

An argument for using the original mbox format rather than a variation.

"mbox" is a family of several mutually incompatible mailbox formats

A history of mbox variations.

### MH¶

class mailbox.MH(path, factory=None, create=True)

A subclass of Mailbox for mailboxes in MH format. Parameter factory is a callable object that accepts a file-like message representation (which behaves as if opened in binary mode) and returns a custom representation. If factory is None, MHMessage is used as the default message representation. If create is True, the mailbox is created if it does not exist.

MH is a directory-based mailbox format invented for the MH Message Handling System, a mail user agent. Each message in an MH mailbox resides in its own file. An MH mailbox may contain other MH mailboxes (called folders) in addition to messages. Folders may be nested indefinitely. MH mailboxes also support sequences, which are named lists used to logically group messages without moving them to sub-folders. Sequences are defined in a file called .mh_sequences in each folder.

The MH class manipulates MH mailboxes, but it does not attempt to emulate all of mh's behaviors. In particular, it does not modify and is not affected by the context or .mh_profile files that are used by mh to store its state and configuration.

MH instances have all of the methods of Mailbox in addition to the following:

list_folders()

Return a list of the names of all folders.

get_folder(folder)

Return an MH instance representing the folder whose name is folder. A NoSuchMailboxError exception is raised if the folder does not exist.

add_folder(folder)

Create a folder whose name is folder and return an MH instance representing it.

remove_folder(folder)

Delete the folder whose name is folder. If the folder contains any messages, a NotEmptyError exception will be raised and the folder will not be deleted.

get_sequences()

Return a dictionary of sequence names mapped to key lists. If there are no sequences, the empty dictionary is returned.

set_sequences(sequences)

Re-define the sequences that exist in the mailbox based upon sequences, a dictionary of names mapped to key lists, like returned by get_sequences().

pack()

Rename messages in the mailbox as necessary to eliminate gaps in numbering. Entries in the sequences list are updated correspondingly.

Note

Already-issued keys are invalidated by this operation and should not be subsequently used.

Some Mailbox methods implemented by MH deserve special remarks:

remove(key)
__delitem__(key)
discard(key)

These methods immediately delete the message. The MH convention of marking a message for deletion by prepending a comma to its name is not used.

lock()
unlock()

Three locking mechanisms are used---dot locking and, if available, the flock() and lockf() system calls. For MH mailboxes, locking the mailbox means locking the .mh_sequences file and, only for the duration of any operations that affect them, locking individual message files.

get_file(key)

Depending upon the host platform, it may not be possible to remove the underlying message while the returned file remains open.

flush()

All changes to MH mailboxes are immediately applied, so this method does nothing.

close()

MH instances do not keep any open files, so this method is equivalent to unlock().

Voir aussi

nmh - Message Handling System

MH & nmh: Email for Users & Programmers

A GPL-licensed book on mh and nmh, with some information on the mailbox format.

### Babyl¶

class mailbox.Babyl(path, factory=None, create=True)

A subclass of Mailbox for mailboxes in Babyl format. Parameter factory is a callable object that accepts a file-like message representation (which behaves as if opened in binary mode) and returns a custom representation. If factory is None, BabylMessage is used as the default message representation. If create is True, the mailbox is created if it does not exist.

Babyl is a single-file mailbox format used by the Rmail mail user agent included with Emacs. The beginning of a message is indicated by a line containing the two characters Control-Underscore ('\037') and Control-L ('\014'). The end of a message is indicated by the start of the next message or, in the case of the last message, a line containing a Control-Underscore ('\037') character.

Messages in a Babyl mailbox have two sets of headers, original headers and so-called visible headers. Visible headers are typically a subset of the original headers that have been reformatted or abridged to be more attractive. Each message in a Babyl mailbox also has an accompanying list of labels, or short strings that record extra information about the message, and a list of all user-defined labels found in the mailbox is kept in the Babyl options section.

Babyl instances have all of the methods of Mailbox in addition to the following:

get_labels()

Return a list of the names of all user-defined labels used in the mailbox.

Note

The actual messages are inspected to determine which labels exist in the mailbox rather than consulting the list of labels in the Babyl options section, but the Babyl section is updated whenever the mailbox is modified.

Some Mailbox methods implemented by Babyl deserve special remarks:

get_file(key)

In Babyl mailboxes, the headers of a message are not stored contiguously with the body of the message. To generate a file-like representation, the headers and body are copied together into an io.BytesIO instance, which has an API identical to that of a file. As a result, the file-like object is truly independent of the underlying mailbox but does not save memory compared to a string representation.

lock()
unlock()

Three locking mechanisms are used---dot locking and, if available, the flock() and lockf() system calls.

Voir aussi

Format of Version 5 Babyl Files

A specification of the Babyl format.

The Rmail manual, with some information on Babyl semantics.

### MMDF¶

class mailbox.MMDF(path, factory=None, create=True)

A subclass of Mailbox for mailboxes in MMDF format. Parameter factory is a callable object that accepts a file-like message representation (which behaves as if opened in binary mode) and returns a custom representation. If factory is None, MMDFMessage is used as the default message representation. If create is True, the mailbox is created if it does not exist.

MMDF is a single-file mailbox format invented for the Multichannel Memorandum Distribution Facility, a mail transfer agent. Each message is in the same form as an mbox message but is bracketed before and after by lines containing four Control-A ('\001') characters. As with the mbox format, the beginning of each message is indicated by a line whose first five characters are "From ", but additional occurrences of "From " are not transformed to ">From " when storing messages because the extra message separator lines prevent mistaking such occurrences for the starts of subsequent messages.

Some Mailbox methods implemented by MMDF deserve special remarks:

get_file(key)

Using the file after calling flush() or close() on the MMDF instance may yield unpredictable results or raise an exception.

lock()
unlock()

Three locking mechanisms are used---dot locking and, if available, the flock() and lockf() system calls.

Voir aussi

mmdf man page from tin

A specification of MMDF format from the documentation of tin, a newsreader.

MMDF

A Wikipedia article describing the Multichannel Memorandum Distribution Facility.

## Message objects¶

class mailbox.Message(message=None)

A subclass of the email.message module's Message. Subclasses of mailbox.Message add mailbox-format-specific state and behavior.

If message is omitted, the new instance is created in a default, empty state. If message is an email.message.Message instance, its contents are copied; furthermore, any format-specific information is converted insofar as possible if message is a Message instance. If message is a string, a byte string, or a file, it should contain an RFC 2822-compliant message, which is read and parsed. Files should be open in binary mode, but text mode files are accepted for backward compatibility.

The format-specific state and behaviors offered by subclasses vary, but in general it is only the properties that are not specific to a particular mailbox that are supported (although presumably the properties are specific to a particular mailbox format). For example, file offsets for single-file mailbox formats and file names for directory-based mailbox formats are not retained, because they are only applicable to the original mailbox. But state such as whether a message has been read by the user or marked as important is retained, because it applies to the message itself.

There is no requirement that Message instances be used to represent messages retrieved using Mailbox instances. In some situations, the time and memory required to generate Message representations might not be acceptable. For such situations, Mailbox instances also offer string and file-like representations, and a custom message factory may be specified when a Mailbox instance is initialized.

### MaildirMessage¶

class mailbox.MaildirMessage(message=None)

A message with Maildir-specific behaviors. Parameter message has the same meaning as with the Message constructor.

Typically, a mail user agent application moves all of the messages in the new subdirectory to the cur subdirectory after the first time the user opens and closes the mailbox, recording that the messages are old whether or not they've actually been read. Each message in cur has an "info" section added to its file name to store information about its state. (Some mail readers may also add an "info" section to messages in new.) The "info" section may take one of two forms: it may contain "2," followed by a list of standardized flags (e.g., "2,FR") or it may contain "1," followed by so-called experimental information. Standard flags for Maildir messages are as follows:

Option

Signification

Explication

D

Draft

Under composition

F

Flagged

Marked as important

P

Passed

Forwarded, resent, or bounced

R

Replied

Replied to

S

Seen

T

Trashed

Marked for subsequent deletion

MaildirMessage instances offer the following methods:

get_subdir()

Return either "new" (if the message should be stored in the new subdirectory) or "cur" (if the message should be stored in the cur subdirectory).

Note

A message is typically moved from new to cur after its mailbox has been accessed, whether or not the message is has been read. A message msg has been read if "S" in msg.get_flags() is True.

set_subdir(subdir)

Set the subdirectory the message should be stored in. Parameter subdir must be either "new" or "cur".

get_flags()

Return a string specifying the flags that are currently set. If the message complies with the standard Maildir format, the result is the concatenation in alphabetical order of zero or one occurrence of each of 'D', 'F', 'P', 'R', 'S', and 'T'. The empty string is returned if no flags are set or if "info" contains experimental semantics.

set_flags(flags)

Set the flags specified by flags and unset all others.

add_flag(flag)

Set the flag(s) specified by flag without changing other flags. To add more than one flag at a time, flag may be a string of more than one character. The current "info" is overwritten whether or not it contains experimental information rather than flags.

remove_flag(flag)

Unset the flag(s) specified by flag without changing other flags. To remove more than one flag at a time, flag maybe a string of more than one character. If "info" contains experimental information rather than flags, the current "info" is not modified.

get_date()

Return the delivery date of the message as a floating-point number representing seconds since the epoch.

set_date(date)

Set the delivery date of the message to date, a floating-point number representing seconds since the epoch.

get_info()

Return a string containing the "info" for a message. This is useful for accessing and modifying "info" that is experimental (i.e., not a list of flags).

set_info(info)

Set "info" to info, which should be a string.

When a MaildirMessage instance is created based upon an mboxMessage or MMDFMessage instance, the Status and X-Status headers are omitted and the following conversions take place:

Resulting state

"cur" subdirectory

O flag

F flag

F flag

R flag

A flag

S flag

R flag

T flag

D flag

When a MaildirMessage instance is created based upon an MHMessage instance, the following conversions take place:

Resulting state

MHMessage state

"cur" subdirectory

"unseen" sequence

"cur" subdirectory and S flag

no "unseen" sequence

F flag

"flagged" sequence

R flag

"replied" sequence

When a MaildirMessage instance is created based upon a BabylMessage instance, the following conversions take place:

Resulting state

"cur" subdirectory

"unseen" label

"cur" subdirectory and S flag

no "unseen" label

P flag

"forwarded" or "resent" label

R flag

T flag

"deleted" label

### mboxMessage¶

class mailbox.mboxMessage(message=None)

A message with mbox-specific behaviors. Parameter message has the same meaning as with the Message constructor.

Messages in an mbox mailbox are stored together in a single file. The sender's envelope address and the time of delivery are typically stored in a line beginning with "From " that is used to indicate the start of a message, though there is considerable variation in the exact format of this data among mbox implementations. Flags that indicate the state of the message, such as whether it has been read or marked as important, are typically stored in Status and X-Status headers.

Conventional flags for mbox messages are as follows:

Option

Signification

Explication

R

O

Old

Previously detected by MUA

D

Deleted

Marked for subsequent deletion

F

Flagged

Marked as important

A

Replied to

The "R" and "O" flags are stored in the Status header, and the "D", "F", and "A" flags are stored in the X-Status header. The flags and headers typically appear in the order mentioned.

mboxMessage instances offer the following methods:

get_from()

Return a string representing the "From " line that marks the start of the message in an mbox mailbox. The leading "From " and the trailing newline are excluded.

set_from(from_, time_=None)

Set the "From " line to from_, which should be specified without a leading "From " or trailing newline. For convenience, time_ may be specified and will be formatted appropriately and appended to from_. If time_ is specified, it should be a time.struct_time instance, a tuple suitable for passing to time.strftime(), or True (to use time.gmtime()).

get_flags()

Return a string specifying the flags that are currently set. If the message complies with the conventional format, the result is the concatenation in the following order of zero or one occurrence of each of 'R', 'O', 'D', 'F', and 'A'.

set_flags(flags)

Set the flags specified by flags and unset all others. Parameter flags should be the concatenation in any order of zero or more occurrences of each of 'R', 'O', 'D', 'F', and 'A'.

add_flag(flag)

Set the flag(s) specified by flag without changing other flags. To add more than one flag at a time, flag may be a string of more than one character.

remove_flag(flag)

Unset the flag(s) specified by flag without changing other flags. To remove more than one flag at a time, flag maybe a string of more than one character.

When an mboxMessage instance is created based upon a MaildirMessage instance, a "From " line is generated based upon the MaildirMessage instance's delivery date, and the following conversions take place:

Resulting state

R flag

S flag

O flag

"cur" subdirectory

D flag

T flag

F flag

F flag

A flag

R flag

When an mboxMessage instance is created based upon an MHMessage instance, the following conversions take place:

Resulting state

MHMessage state

R flag and O flag

no "unseen" sequence

O flag

"unseen" sequence

F flag

"flagged" sequence

A flag

"replied" sequence

When an mboxMessage instance is created based upon a BabylMessage instance, the following conversions take place:

Resulting state

R flag and O flag

no "unseen" label

O flag

"unseen" label

D flag

"deleted" label

A flag

When a Message instance is created based upon an MMDFMessage instance, the "From " line is copied and all flags directly correspond:

Resulting state

R flag

R flag

O flag

O flag

D flag

D flag

F flag

F flag

A flag

A flag

### MHMessage¶

class mailbox.MHMessage(message=None)

A message with MH-specific behaviors. Parameter message has the same meaning as with the Message constructor.

MH messages do not support marks or flags in the traditional sense, but they do support sequences, which are logical groupings of arbitrary messages. Some mail reading programs (although not the standard mh and nmh) use sequences in much the same way flags are used with other formats, as follows:

Séquence

Explication

unseen

Not read, but previously detected by MUA

replied

Replied to

flagged

Marked as important

MHMessage instances offer the following methods:

get_sequences()

Return a list of the names of sequences that include this message.

set_sequences(sequences)

Set the list of sequences that include this message.

add_sequence(sequence)

Add sequence to the list of sequences that include this message.

remove_sequence(sequence)

Remove sequence from the list of sequences that include this message.

When an MHMessage instance is created based upon a MaildirMessage instance, the following conversions take place:

Resulting state

"unseen" sequence

no S flag

"replied" sequence

R flag

"flagged" sequence

F flag

When an MHMessage instance is created based upon an mboxMessage or MMDFMessage instance, the Status and X-Status headers are omitted and the following conversions take place:

Resulting state

"unseen" sequence

no R flag

"replied" sequence

A flag

"flagged" sequence

F flag

When an MHMessage instance is created based upon a BabylMessage instance, the following conversions take place:

Resulting state

"unseen" sequence

"unseen" label

"replied" sequence

### BabylMessage¶

class mailbox.BabylMessage(message=None)

A message with Babyl-specific behaviors. Parameter message has the same meaning as with the Message constructor.

Certain message labels, called attributes, are defined by convention to have special meanings. The attributes are as follows:

Label

Explication

unseen

Not read, but previously detected by MUA

deleted

Marked for subsequent deletion

filed

Copied to another file or mailbox

Replied to

forwarded

Forwarded

edited

Modified by the user

resent

Resent

By default, Rmail displays only visible headers. The BabylMessage class, though, uses the original headers because they are more complete. Visible headers may be accessed explicitly if desired.

BabylMessage instances offer the following methods:

get_labels()

Return a list of labels on the message.

set_labels(labels)

Set the list of labels on the message to labels.

add_label(label)

Add label to the list of labels on the message.

remove_label(label)

Remove label from the list of labels on the message.

get_visible()

Return an Message instance whose headers are the message's visible headers and whose body is empty.

set_visible(visible)

Set the message's visible headers to be the same as the headers in message. Parameter visible should be a Message instance, an email.message.Message instance, a string, or a file-like object (which should be open in text mode).

update_visible()

When a BabylMessage instance's original headers are modified, the visible headers are not automatically modified to correspond. This method updates the visible headers as follows: each visible header with a corresponding original header is set to the value of the original header, each visible header without a corresponding original header is removed, and any of Date, From, Reply-To, To, CC, and Subject that are present in the original headers but not the visible headers are added to the visible headers.

When a BabylMessage instance is created based upon a MaildirMessage instance, the following conversions take place:

Resulting state

"unseen" label

no S flag

"deleted" label

T flag

R flag

"forwarded" label

P flag

When a BabylMessage instance is created based upon an mboxMessage or MMDFMessage instance, the Status and X-Status headers are omitted and the following conversions take place:

Resulting state

"unseen" label

no R flag

"deleted" label

D flag

A flag

Lorsqu'une instance BabylMessage est créée sur la base d'une instance MHMessage, les conversions suivantes sont faites :

Resulting state

MHMessage state

"unseen" label

"unseen" sequence

"replied" sequence

### MMDFMessage¶

class mailbox.MMDFMessage(message=None)

Un message avec des comportements spécifiques à MMDF. Le paramètre message a le même sens que pour le constructeur de Message.

Comme pour le message d'une boîte de courriel mbox, les messages MMDF sont stockés avec l'adresse de l'expéditeur et la date d'expédition dans la ligne initiale commençant avec « From ». De même, les options indiquant l'état du message sont stockées dans les en-têtes Status et X-Status.

Les options conventionnelles des messages MMDF sont identiques à celles de message mbox et sont les suivantes :

Option

Signification

Explication

R

O

Old

Previously detected by MUA

D

Deleted

Marked for subsequent deletion

F

Flagged

Marked as important

A

Replied to

The "R" and "O" flags are stored in the Status header, and the "D", "F", and "A" flags are stored in the X-Status header. The flags and headers typically appear in the order mentioned.

Les méthodes des instances MMDFMessage sont identiques à celles de mboxMessage et sont les suivantes :

get_from()

Return a string representing the "From " line that marks the start of the message in an mbox mailbox. The leading "From " and the trailing newline are excluded.

set_from(from_, time_=None)

Set the "From " line to from_, which should be specified without a leading "From " or trailing newline. For convenience, time_ may be specified and will be formatted appropriately and appended to from_. If time_ is specified, it should be a time.struct_time instance, a tuple suitable for passing to time.strftime(), or True (to use time.gmtime()).

get_flags()

Return a string specifying the flags that are currently set. If the message complies with the conventional format, the result is the concatenation in the following order of zero or one occurrence of each of 'R', 'O', 'D', 'F', and 'A'.

set_flags(flags)

Set the flags specified by flags and unset all others. Parameter flags should be the concatenation in any order of zero or more occurrences of each of 'R', 'O', 'D', 'F', and 'A'.

add_flag(flag)

Set the flag(s) specified by flag without changing other flags. To add more than one flag at a time, flag may be a string of more than one character.

remove_flag(flag)

Unset the flag(s) specified by flag without changing other flags. To remove more than one flag at a time, flag maybe a string of more than one character.

Lorsqu'une instance MMDFMessage est créée sur la base d'une instance MaildirMessage, la ligne « From » est générée sur la base de la date de remise de l'instance MaildirMessage et les conversions suivantes ont lieu :

Resulting state

R flag

S flag

O flag

"cur" subdirectory

D flag

T flag

F flag

F flag

A flag

R flag

Lorsqu'une instance MMDFMessage est créée sur la base d'une instance MHMessage, les conversions suivantes sont faites :

Resulting state

MHMessage state

R flag and O flag

no "unseen" sequence

O flag

"unseen" sequence

F flag

"flagged" sequence

A flag

"replied" sequence

Lorsqu'une instance MMDFMessage est créée sur la base d'une instance BabylMessage, les conversions suivantes sont faites :

Resulting state

R flag and O flag

no "unseen" label

O flag

"unseen" label

D flag

"deleted" label

A flag

Lorsqu'une instance MMDFMessage est créée sur la base d'une instance mboxMessage, la ligne « From » est copiée et toutes les options ont une correspondance directe :

Resulting state

état de mboxMessage

R flag

R flag

O flag

O flag

D flag

D flag

F flag

F flag

A flag

A flag

## Exceptions¶

Les exceptions de classes suivantes sont définies dans le module mailbox :

exception mailbox.Error

Classe de base pour toutes les autres exceptions spécifiques à ce module.

exception mailbox.NoSuchMailboxError

Levée lorsqu'une boîte de courriel est attendue mais introuvable, comme quand on instancie une sous-classe Mailbox avec un chemin qui n'existe pas (et avec le paramètre create fixé à False), ou quand on ouvre un répertoire qui n'existe pas.

exception mailbox.NotEmptyError

Levée lorsqu'une boîte de courriel n'est pas vide mais devrait l'être, comme lorsqu'on supprime un répertoire contenant des messages.

exception mailbox.ExternalClashError

Levée lorsqu'une condition liée à la boîte de courriel est hors de contrôle du programme et l'empêche de se poursuivre, comme lors de l’échec d'acquisition du verrou ou lorsqu'un nom de fichier censé être unique existe déjà.

exception mailbox.FormatError

Levée lorsque la donnée dans le fichier ne peut être analysée, comme lorsque l'instance de MH tente de lire un fichier .mh_sequences corrompu.

## Exemples¶

Un exemple simple d'affichage de l'objet, qui semble pertinent, de tous les messages d'une boîte de courriel :

import mailbox
for message in mailbox.mbox('~/mbox'):
subject = message['subject']       # Could possibly be None.
if subject and 'python' in subject.lower():
print(subject)


Cet exemple copie tout le courriel d'une boite de courriel au format Babyl vers une boite de courriel au format MH, convertissant toute l'information qu'il est possible de convertir du premier format vers le second :

import mailbox
destination = mailbox.MH('~/Mail')
destination.lock()
for message in mailbox.Babyl('~/RMAIL'):
destination.flush()
destination.unlock()


Cet exemple trie le courriel en provenance de plusieurs listes de diffusion vers différentes boîtes de courriel, tout en évitant une corruption à cause de modifications concurrentielles par d'autres programmes, une perte due à une interruption du programme ou un arrêt prématuré causé par des messages mal structurés :

import mailbox
import email.errors

list_names = ('python-list', 'python-dev', 'python-bugs')

boxes = {name: mailbox.mbox('~/email/%s' % name) for name in list_names}
inbox = mailbox.Maildir('~/Maildir', factory=None)

for key in inbox.iterkeys():
try:
message = inbox[key]
except email.errors.MessageParseError:
continue                # The message is malformed. Just leave it.

for name in list_names:
list_id = message['list-id']
if list_id and name in list_id:
# Get mailbox to use
box = boxes[name]

# Write copy to disk before removing original.
# If there's a crash, you might duplicate a message, but
# that's better than losing a message completely.
box.lock()