<DKIM> Access mailbox from multiple devices – share offlineimap metadata folder with ownCloud?

Nicolas Sebrecht nicolas.s-dev at laposte.net
Tue Mar 27 19:44:29 BST 2018

On Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 05:22:12PM +0000, Jorge wrote:

> Hi.  I use OfflineIMAP 7.1.5+dfsg1-1 on an updated installation of Debian
> buster.  I have configured it on my work desktop; my work e-mail account works
> fine with notmuch-emacs.  My personal Disroot account does not work because my
> workplace blocks external IMAP.  Now I want to access both accounts from other
> devices – especially my notebook running Ubuntu 16.04.4 with OfflineIMAP 7.1.5
> installed via Guix.  I suppose there is no need to share the local folder of my
> work e-mail account, because it is already synchronized with the respective IMAP
> server.  But:

> 1. What about OfflineIMAP’s metadata folders?  Should I share them between
>    devices with ownCloud?

As soon as you want to sync email with offlineimap on different devices
you must make sure to:

- have both the maildirs AND metadata shared and fully synced;
- keep offlineimap versions the exact same at any time.

> 2. What about my personal Disroot account?  Since I can’t access external IMAP
>    from my workplace, should I synchronize it with my notebook when I am home,
>    and keep the respective OfflineIMAP local folder on ownCloud, which I could
>    then access from my workplace?  The obvious limitation is that I would still
>    be unable to send or receive new e-mails from my workplace via Disroot.

The metadata folder is not required where the offlineimap command won't

> 3. Are there special considerations or non-obvious issues?

Besides the versions of offlineimap, no.

> I have searched the web but not found the answer, and Gmane gives me error
> messages when I try to search this mailing list's archives.  Help will be
> appreciated.

You're welcome.

Nicolas Sebrecht

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