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

Chris Barrington-Leigh cpblpublic+offlineimap at
Tue Nov 1 20:22:31 GMT 2011

To clarify my own post, what I described is actually not my ideal outcome. 
I would rather keep the existing maildir folder that offlineimap made and 
has been using for years. What would then be best is if a local imap 
server could mediate between that and alpine. So it would look more like 

  gmail -> offlineimap -> maildir -> (local imap) -> alpine

This may be something like

but these instructions are both too complex for me and are for a Mac.


On Tue, 1 Nov 2011, Chris Barrington-Leigh wrote:

> Date: Tue, 1 Nov 2011 20:06:44 +0000 (UTC)
> From: Chris Barrington-Leigh <cpblpublic+offlineimap at>
> To: offlineimap-project at
> Subject: gmail -> offlineimap -> (local imap) -> alpine (under Ubuntu)
> 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
> SDF Public Access UNIX System -

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