"Despite competition from the Web and instant messaging, email
is still a primary communication medium for most Internet users,
and many people have sizable archives of email messages. Sometimes
these archived messages reside on an IMAP server, in which case you
can use Python's imaplib module for scripted access to email. More
often, messages will be downloaded to your computer and stored
locally on disk.
"Archived mail can be stored using many different file formats.
The mailbox module in the Python standard library supports reading
and modifying five different formats, all formats that are
primarily used on Unix systems..."
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