Microsoft, being Microsoft, feels a need to not use the same standard that everyone else has been using for umpteen years. This, of course, creates problems for everyone. A great example of this is their TNEF format which we all see as
winmail.dat files in e-mail attachments which does not even work correctly across different versions of Outlook in some cases.
Since I run Ubuntu in my day-to-day I needed a way around this. These are the steps I took.
- Install the
sudo apt-get install tnef
- Create a script in your home directory and make it executable:
touch ~/tnef.sh;chmod +x ~/tnef.sh
- In this newly created file stick
tnef -C $SAVE_PATH < $1
- When you try to open the attachment in Thunderbird just tell it to open it with your new script.
SAVE_PATH to wherever you would like
winmail.dat to be extracted to. You will have a new folder with the extracted contents where ever
SAVE_PATH is pointing. If you wanted to, for example, have them extracted directly to your desktop you would want to comment out the