Problem with copying message to the server

Sebastian Spaeth Sebastian at
Thu Jan 27 13:50:07 GMT 2011

Hi Jiri,
greetings from another ETH building in Z├╝rich :).

On 27 Jan 2011, Jiri Cerny wrote:
> You are right, I did not remark this localised date. I tried first the
> simpler solution: 
> LANG=C offlineimap 
> and the synchronisation went smoothly.
> So I know how to workaround my problem for the moment, and it should be trivial
> to fix the offlineimap too. 

Perhaps, perhaps not. We shouldn't hand in localized dates there for

But the bug is not ours. The issue is that imaplib's Time2Internaldate()
returns a localized string which it hands to the IMAP server. This is a
bug with their implementation and I filed to have that recorded.

Still, we will need to fix that probably ourselves, as we want to
continue working on current python versions. I wonder why we were not
seeing this issue more often and I wonder what other IMAP servers do
with localized dates.

I wonder what would happen if we set the time formatting locale when
starting offlineimap. Would that break anything else of importance?

It could be as simple as a:

locale.setlocale(locale.LC_TIME, '')

What do others think?

I created a ticket for this on my private offlineimap issue tracker at:

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