SSL errors with Gmail?

David Gerard dgerard at
Wed Mar 9 16:44:01 GMT 2011

On 9 March 2011 16:22, Alexander Skwar
<alexanders.mailinglists+nospam at> wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 15:58, David Gerard <dgerard at> wrote:

>> Problem: offlineimap is great for archiving GMail, except that the
>> GMail IMAP server appears flaky from time to time and behaves in a
>> sufficiently bogus manner to crash the reader.

> I know, this is somewhat Off Topic, but is GMail via IMAP also rather
> slow for you from time to time? I'm on a very well connected server
> "somewhere in the 'net", and it seems it takes forever to download/archive
> my GMail to local Maildir. It's just about 1.5 GB with no more than
> 20.000 mails, and it's now downloading for about a day... With the
> multithread stuff from Offlineimap, it isn't as bad, but still. SLOW… :/

Yep, that's precisely what's happening for me right now! It took a
couple of days to download 3GB of archive. I presume it throttles
outgoing connections.

So, GMail is presently providing the offlineimap team with a lot of
information on how to deal with a flaky but popular IMAP server ;-)

- d.

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