Backup email?

NoOp glgxg at
Sun Sep 4 23:05:21 UTC 2011

On 09/04/2011 02:56 PM, Knute Johnson wrote:
> On 9/4/2011 9:52 AM, Avi Greenbury wrote:
>> 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?
> I have a stock Ubuntu server 10.04LTS running sendmail and dovecot IMAP. 
>   The mail is stored mbox so there are files in the user's home and in 
> /var/mail.
> I can't seem to find anything in Thunderbird that would allow me to 
> access mail from a file.

You can import mbox via:

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