gmail -> offlineimap -> (local imap) -> alpine (under Ubuntu)

Andreas Fink finkandreas at
Tue Nov 1 20:13:20 GMT 2011

On Tue, 1 Nov 2011 20:06:44 +0000 (UTC)
Chris Barrington-Leigh <cpblpublic+offlineimap at> wrote:

> Hello. I am looking for fellow (r)(al)pine users (alpine is a mail client) 
> simple instructions or at least sympathizers. I desperately want 
> instructions for how to use alpine with a local copy of a gmail account. 
> I have been doing this for years by compiling a patched version of alpine 
> that can talk to maildir, but this is no longer working ("upgrade", I 
> believe is the word for that).
> So I simply want:
> (1) a recommendation for which lightweight local IMAP server to install
> (2) details for how to install it and make it talk to offlineimap (which 
> currently syncs my gmail account) and alpine.
> I think this should be easy, but I haven't figured it out. I want to do it 
> under Ubuntu using just the standardly available packages.
> Can anyone help me?? I'd actually gladly pay for the support, and will 
> certainly write up a how-to if I get it going.
> Many thanks,
> Chris
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I am using as local imap server dovecot. It's fairly easy to set it up for a local maildir, and works like a charm.

Try using it, if you have questions for the setup, I can assist you further, but it should be more or less obvious from the standard configuration files.


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