redownloaded many gigs of mail

Nicolas Sebrecht nicolas.s-dev at
Tue May 15 02:04:37 BST 2018

On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 08:53:05PM +0200, Sandra Snan wrote:

> hey again


> some cert or something changed, I dunno and it redownloaded a million
> email and it took 4 gigs and it took around two days for notmuch to
> index it all

Re-download might happen if offlineimap can't find the cache
("metadatadir"), if it has been deleted or the account name in the
'accounts' setting has been changed.

>                                       also I don't like that the emails are
> permanently in the inbox on the server. I want them to be safe, sure,
> but they don't have to be in the inbox.

This depends on what you mean by "safe". If it's about having backups,

Usually, local deletions are propagated on the remote server so if you
remove emails locally they are deleted on the server too.

> I guess I don't really understand how offlineimap works

It makes copy of the emails via IMAP.

Nicolas Sebrecht

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