[Gllug] Rsync dovecot Maildir directories

gvim gvimrc at googlemail.com
Tue Apr 6 14:10:28 UTC 2010

On 06/04/2010 11:23, Michael-John Turner wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 06, 2010 at 03:47:57AM +0100, gvim wrote:
>> For years all my mail has been kept in Thunderbird's default mbox format
>> but I've been uneasy about it for a while and recently copied everything
>> into Maildir folders using Dovecot IMAP. The thing is I'm now wondering
>> what the implications are for rsync-ing to my laptop for weekends away.
>> I've been using a simple rsync one-liner to update my Thunderbird profile
>> on the laptop but I've noticed the names of the individual mail files
>> within the Maildir folder include the local machine name. This could have
>> implications for rsync-ing the Mailldir folder I imagine and also for any
>> messages sent/received while using the laptop as they will include a
>> different machine name. Can the Dovecot Maildir folder cope with multiple
>> sources/machine names. I don't know enough about how the Dovecot mapping
>> files within the Maildir folder work to take the risk at this stage.
> Having multiple machine names in the Maildir filenames shouldn't pose a
> problem for Dovecot - I've migrated mail from one Dovecot server to another
> without problem.
> An alternative solution is to run an IMAP server on your laptop and
> synchronise that with your main IMAP server using imapsync[1].
> [1] http://freshmeat.net/projects/imapsync/
> -mj

Excuse my naievity but what are the issues when simply rsync-ing a Maildir folder?

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