Cannot use gmail as a local repo?

Sebastian Spaeth Sebastian at
Tue Aug 9 07:40:12 BST 2011

On Tue, 2 Aug 2011 15:54:23 +0400, Ivan Semin <ivun at> wrote:
> However, offlineimap says I cannot use gmail as a local repo. In other
> words, gmail to gmail sync is not possible. What is the reason for
> that? Also, nobody could clearly answer me about the difference
> between remote and local. Is there any difference?
> I am currently trying the sync I described anyway, just set up the
> backup gmail account as imap.

You can setup gmail as a local IMAP repository, it will just treat gmail
as a regular imap server which should be fine in your case.
The gmail speciality comes from e.g. deleting stuff (deleting a mail
From a folder will simply remove the corresponding tag in gmail and keep
the mail in "all mails". I am not sure how gmail will respond when you
upload a mail with several tags to multiple folders (ie if you will get
duplicates or if it will recognize them as duplicates of the same mail).

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