Storing Gmail labels

Rainer M Krug r.m.krug at
Wed Oct 3 08:30:47 BST 2012

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On 02/10/12 20:54, Zain Memon wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 2:33 AM, Eygene Ryabinkin <rea-fbsd at> wrote:
>> Tue, Oct 02, 2012 at 10:53:11AM +0200, Rainer M Krug wrote:
>>> On 02/10/12 10:34, Eygene Ryabinkin wrote:
>>>> Mon, Oct 01, 2012 at 09:44:46PM -0700, Zain Memon wrote:
>>>>> Can I get OfflineIMAP to fetch and store my Gmail labels without having multiple copies
>>>>> of the same message?
>>>> If I am not terribly mistaken, current implementation of GMail folder storage does not
>>>> allow for this.
>>> Well - you could use the
>>> api (particularly 
to get the tags for downloaded messages, if I am not completely
>>> mistaken.
>> I meant the implementation of GMail support in OfflineIMAP.  Sorry for not being clear. -- 
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> I'm considering creating a patch for storing Gmail labels for type=Gmail. For the Maildir
> format, where could I store the label data for each message? I'm not super familiar with the
> Maildir format but it seems to me that labels should be handled similarly to flags, but I don't
> think it's a good idea to store labels in the filename of each message. Does the Maildir format
> allow for mutable data to be stored in the file itself?

I just looked at another mail client (notmuch) ion whose miailing list there was a similar
discussion, (see for an idea on how to
do it with notmuch).

Also: looking at, I guess an idea would be to use maildir
flags or imap flags?

But I must admit  I am not that familiar with these things either.

Thanks a lot for looking into this, I am really looking forward to the results,


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