Re: [Evolution] cron job to backup old mail
- From: Jason Cooper <evolution lakedaemon net>
- To: Ron Johnson <ron l johnson cox net>
- Cc: evolution lists ximian com
- Subject: Re: [Evolution] cron job to backup old mail
- Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2004 14:49:47 -0400
Ron Johnson (ron l johnson cox net) scribbled:
On Fri, 2004-08-20 at 08:10 -0400, Jason Cooper wrote:
I'm attempting to get my old email under control. I have about 450M in
an 'OldMail' folder in evolution. It's stored in mbox format.
If I tar up the entire 'OldMail' directory which includes this list:
-rw-r--r-- 1 jcooper users 86 Oct 10 2003 folder-metadata.xml
-rw------- 1 jcooper users 95 Aug 18 12:51 local-metadata.xml
-rw------- 1 jcooper users 434518823 Aug 19 15:24 mbox
-rw------- 1 jcooper users 762091 Aug 19 15:24 mbox.ev-summary
-rw------- 1 jcooper users 928768 Aug 19 15:24 mbox.ibex.index
-rw------- 1 jcooper users 1550676 Aug 19 15:24 mbox.ibex.index.data
Can I just remove it? Will evolution barf on it disappearing? Also,
later down the road, if I copied it back into place, would evolution
recognize it correctly?
I guess the point I'm really trying to get at is this. Does evolution
rely solely on the contents of this directory to tell it what mail is
Usually I would just experiment, but this data is too critical. :(
If you put a new mbox file in the directory /while Evo is shut down/,
then, the next time it starts up, it will re-index the emails.
Thus, since a 0 length mbox is valid, Evo will that, too.
$ evolution --force-shutdown
$ x=`date +%y%m%d.%H%M`
$ mv ~/evolution/mail/local/subdirs/OldMail/mbox \
$ gzip ~/tmp/OldMail-$x.mbox
$ touch ~/evolution/mail/local/subdirs/OldMail/mbox
$ evolution ## Evo will start up fine
(Yes, the subdirectory tree is wrong, but close enough for these
Thanks for the summary. I didn't think to touch the mbox file. I'll
add that to my script.
I'm breaking OldMail down (from within evo) into a folder for each
month, so I can be a little more selective on what goes to our backup
Thanks again for the quick replies.
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