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To: Frank Thieme <frank@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: offlineimap@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: offlineimap and dovecot
From: Andy Schofield <ajs@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2007 17:18:20 +0000


On 30/10/07 15:06, Frank Thieme wrote:
> Hi,
> I want to have a local imap server on my notebook, because I like to play
> around with different MUAs. To avoid downloading my eMails again and again
> I just wanna sync some external IMAP server with my local one.

I have implemented exactly such a system using dovecot and offlineimap.

> So what is better with dovecot, sync IMAP-IMAP or sync directly to the
> underlying Maildir++?

It is much faster to sync directly to an underlying Maildir++ directory. 
IMAP-IMAP I found very slow.

> And what would the right nametrans for it be?
> nametrans = lambda foldername: re.sub('^INBOX\.*', '.', foldername)
> doesn't work, because there are Sent, Draft and other folders, which are
> on the same level as INBOX and not under it.

Use the one that Asheesh provided in response to my question. His custom 
translations generate a Maildir++ structure which is compatible with 

It deals with the INBOX as a special case.


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