Backup email?

Avi Greenbury lists at
Sun Sep 4 16:52:42 UTC 2011

Knute Johnson wrote:

> Is there a way to backup emails?  My mail server has about 6GB of
> emails stored in IMAP accounts that could be kept somewhere else if I
> had a way to get at them occasionally.  Is there a simple offline
> storage system that would work with Thunderbird?

You should find that you can just copy the maildir or mbox from your
server to your local PC and point your mail client at it. Much as I've
not checked for some time, I've never come across a mail client that's
not been able to do this.

As for finding the maildirs or mboxes, that should be relatively easy -
how well do you know the configuration of your mailserver?


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