Suggestion for a FAQ
nicolas.s-dev at laposte.net
Thu Jan 23 19:04:35 GMT 2014
On Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 09:35:24AM -0500, Hrabe, Jan wrote:
> I have been using offlineimap to backup my wife's gmail account.
> After upgrading her MacBook Pro to Maverick recently, Apple's built-in
> mail client wiped out all her gmail messages, including the All Mail
> and Trash folders. This is a known problem reported by some users but
> so far denied by Apple.
> The trouble was that even though offlineimap is often recommended as a
> mail backup solution, it turned out to be very difficult to find out
> how to use it to restore the mail in the simplest possible manner. In
> the end, I removed the content of its metadata directory and added
> readonly=True to the local repository stanza in the config file. This
> worked and the Gmail account mail is now restored.
> My suggestion to the developers is to make this easier for the users:
> either include an option specifically for restoration, or include the
> procedure in the FAQ. The functionality clearly exists already.
Thank you for the feedback. I don't know how hard it is for people to
figure out how to restore emails but patches are always welcome. ,-)
Here is how I suggest to do restoration of mails:
#1. Copy the correct local maildir to maildir.old (or get ot from
#2. Remove cache files.
#3. Start a first sync by running OfflineIMAP (more or less empty
depending on the IMAP server state).
#4. Copy all mails to restore to the freshly local maildir created by
OfflineIMAP at previous step.
#5. Run OfflineIMAP again.
This way, it is possible to maximize download over upload in some cases.
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