[Dovecot] Moving Maildir email messages and backing things up.

Karl Schmidt karl at xtronics.com
Mon Apr 21 02:12:56 EEST 2008

I just moved to dovecot with Maildir. I think this is probably a stupid question, but I 
couldn't find an answer after an hour of googling and searching the wiki.

What would happen if I ran a script that did this:

mv ~/Maildir/.folder_one/cur/* ~/Maildir/.folder_two/cur/

My hunch is it might break things.

What if dovecot was stopped?


Where can I find a list of files in ~/Maildir/ and a note on what they are? (And similarly 
for a ~/Maildir/.folder)

I'm wondering if everything needs to be backed up, or if I can/should skip the indexes. 
What happens if any of these files changes during the backup? (I'm thinking I shouldn't have 
to stop dovecot for a backup).

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