Re: [Evolution] synching e-mail on two systems


Thanks for your response.  When you say "IMAP is definitely the
standard/preferred way of doing this," I assume you mean as a way of
having access to the e-mail on two (or more) different systems at the
same time -- not to synching my mail after I've already downloaded it,

I had never looked at those files under pop/<account-name>/cache before.
I had always assumed that all the downloaded mail just went into
mail/local/ files and subdirectories.  It seems then that mail that is
pop'd is stored twice - in both those cache directories and in the local
mbox's.  Do you know if the cache directories/files have unique
identifiers related to the messages?  If so, I think it should work to
rsync messages in those directories on one system to the other.

For future reference (and forgive my ignorance -- I haven't used IMAP
before) it seems that IMAP keeps all messages on the server, correct?
Isn't that likely to eventually run me into problems with my ISP for
using too much space.  Does one lose access to ones old messages after a


On Fri, 2006-11-17 at 09:09 -0600, Michael Schurter wrote:
On Thu, 2006-11-16 at 12:50 -0500, Jonathan Slavin wrote:
I have two systems at home on which I have received e-mail (POP'd from
my ISP's mail server).  I generally want to set the account on one of
them to leave the messages on the server so that I get all the messages
on my primary system.  I noticed, however, that that setting was not
correct for a while so I have some e-mail on one system and some on the
other. general question is the easiest way to synch the e-mail
on the two systems.  

IMAP is definitely the standard/preferred way of doing this.  However, I
understand that IMAP isn't always an option (and doesn't always perform
well).  So you may want to try either the backup/restore plugin from the
evolution-plugins-experimental package (at least thats where Debian puts
it), or, alternatively, you could try copying files between your
~/.evolution/mail/pop/<account-name>/cache folders.

I've never used either option I just suggested, so make a backup copy of
your ~/.evolution folder before trying anything.

Michael Schurter
Jonathan D. Slavin              Harvard-Smithsonian CfA
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