Dirk Koopman djk at
Thu Nov 2 15:10:00 GMT 2006

On Thu, 2006-11-02 at 09:37 -0500, Chris Devers wrote:
> On Nov 2, 2006, at 8:15 AM, Dirk Koopman wrote:
> > What I actually need is a reliable "copy the contents of this user's
> > (huge amount of) mail, spread over several 10's of folders on one IMAP
> > server onto another (empty) one". If it actually syncronises as  
> > well (a
> > la rsync) that would be a bonus.
> >
> > Any suggestions?
> Aside from rsync?

I will (manfully) ignore that bit of troll.

> How about just checking the mail with an IMAP client that [a] knows  
> how to synchronize everything on the server, and [b] keeps everything  
> in an easy to manage format like mbox.

Easy to manage yes, multi-user no. And completely useless for things
like explicitly shared folders and downright dangerous if you have one
connection active on your desktop at home, but have gone out and tried
access the same mailbox from somewhere else - at the same time - from
your laptop. 
> Eudora is one. Thunderbird might be another (I forget if it uses mbox).
> Depending on what you *really* "actually need", this might be a good  
> starting point. Or a good ending point, if all you're trying to do  
> is, umm, read your mail.

I want a new IMAP server. I don't want advice on how/what/where to read
mail with. Thank you. (I was going to write one from scratch, but I just
don't have the time).

I want to evaluate the IMAP servers that use more modern storage methods
than simple files, that are out there, to see whether any of them are
*now* any better than they were a few years ago. So that means I am not
interested in any IMAP server that stores messages in directories of
files (whether maildir or mh or cyrus format or some other one I have
forgotten about).

To do that I need a utility to copy a complete user's mailbox from one
IMAP server to another. I would prefer not to have to write one myself.


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