[Dovecot] Archiving mail

Donny Brooks dbrooks at mdah.state.ms.us
Thu Jul 18 15:48:59 EEST 2013

On Thursday, July 18, 2013 07:14 AM CDT, Koenraad Lelong <dovecot at ace-electronics.be> wrote: 
> Hi,
> I'm going to migrate my company-mailserver to new hardware. I would like 
> to take the opportunity to archive some older mail. But I would like to 
> have it still accessible, would this be possible with dovecot ?
> I mean, I would like to put that older mail from different users (I got 
> about 50 users) on some read-only media but mount that media in the 
> users mail-dirs. That way I will have less to backup after I backup that 
> old mail and store it safely away.
> I can't convince my users to really clean up their mailboxes, so I 
> backup more than 100GB mail while the total backup is a bit more than 300GB.
> Writing this I realise I could give each user a folder oldmail and 
> symlink that to a read-only oldmail folder. Would this work ?
> I will have to find out how my backup-software can ignore the 
> oldmail-folder.
> Thanks for any suggestions,
> Koenraad Lelong

It sounds like you are looking for something similar to dbmail: www.dbmail.org. It will allow all the mail to still be readable by the end user but the "archived" mail will not be deletable or editable. We were looking at something like that but are probably going to end up going with something like enkive: http://www.enkive.org/


Donny B. 

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