[Users] Maintaining local mailboxes

Steve Litt slitt at troubleshooters.com
Tue Sep 15 21:10:45 CEST 2015

On Tue, 15 Sep 2015 13:44:25 +0200
Johan Vromans <jvromans at squirrel.nl> wrote:

> On Tue, 15 Sep 2015 13:38:19 +0200
> Gour <gour at atmarama.net> wrote:
> > I've created folder 'archive' as subfolder of local MH account and
> > keep archived messages per year under it, iow. archive/2014,
> > archive/2013 etc. while Inbox/Sent/Junk etc. folders are in case if
> > some of my rules fails, for spam etc.
> Yes, I've considered this approach (in fact, I use it for other
> purposes).
> For the case I described the mail folders are spread over the disk
> (they are part of the project structure) so I cannot combine them in
> a single tree.
> -- Johan

Others have responded to your question, but I'd like to offer a
possibility that's related but non-responsive to your question.

I have an ssl-only Dovecot IMAP server running on my desktop computer.
From a hardware standpoint, it's "local storage". Claws addresses it as
an "account", meaning it has one Inbox/Sent/Junk etc., but it can have
any subfolder structure I want, and I can restructure it from within
Claws. This gives me the following benefits:

1) I can access it using any IMAP aware email client.

2) Via a firewall pinhole, I can access it while on the road. No need
   to re-sync when I get home.

3) I populate it via a fetchmail->procmail pipe, meaning I can make my
   filters via procmail recipes. These filters are trivial to back up,
   and are email client agnostic.

4) Backing up my Dovecot folders is an rsync command, after
   temporarily shutting down the fetchmail populator.

5) If Claws-Mail ever transitions into garbage, the way Kmail did a
   decade ago, in a matter of minutes I can swap in any other IMAP
   compatible email client. After having Kmail disintegrate on me, I
   vowed never again to let an email client hold my existing email
   hostage. Now I don't have to.

Anyway, in case the preceding might be of value to you, I posted it.


Steve Litt 
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