Liberate your mail for great justice.
Fear moving your mail no longer! I have traveled across the vast Internet desert and found a solution to cure what ailes you, moving mail between servers. I present to you:
mbsync is part of the isync package for synchronizing imap accounts through the use of a simple configuration file (defaults to
IMAP is pretty flexible and so the configuration file allows you to tune mbsync to traverse your inbox hierarchy. The important thing is to get yourself logged in. I’ve found
mbsync -lV channel to test accessing
channel a useful debugging technique.
If you don’t want to use secure login for an account, under your
IMAPAccount entry make sure you have the following:
UseTLSv1 no RequireSSL no
This will send passwords in the clear
The following should serve as a fairly complete example for common IMAP setups:
IMAPAccount example Host example.tld User example IMAPStore example-remote Account example Path INBOX. MaildirStore example-local Path ~/Maildir/ Inbox ~/Maildir/Inbox Channel example Master :example-remote: Slave :example-local: Patterns * Create Slave Expunge Slave Sync Pull Group example Channel example:INBOX Channel example
The above grabs the inbox and anything under INBOX and stores it in
IMAPAccount can share a common name.
$ mbsync example
That’s it, you can even add multiple accounts and put the mail in different places! Staring at the example and the man page should fill any gaps I’ve left out.
It really is that easy. So no longer worry about moving mail and just move it.