offline-imap for backup (2010 edition)

Sebastian Spaeth Sebastian at
Tue Oct 25 07:35:06 BST 2011

On Wed, 12 Oct 2011 00:08:29 +0200, Michael Williams <mike at> wrote:
> > Well, I'd be interested in this one-way mode too.  I'm currently using offlineimap, both for backup, and for a way to get local copies of all my email for the purpose of running various scripts when certain emails come in.  I never modify the data directories, but I didn't consider the possibility of filesystem corruption causing problems to propagate up to the live mail on the server.
> > 
> > I haven't looked at the offlineimap code, and I'm more of a Perl hacker than a Python one; but doesn't it seem like, at least in theory, it'd be easy -- perhaps even trivial -- to prevent it from writing anything back to the server?
> Since offlineimap is being more actively developed, has there been any progress since last year?

Ever tried using readonly=True on the remote repositry to have a one-way
It's already there.

Have fun.
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