[Dovecot] How to manage email with an ISP restricted mailbox size?

Robert Schetterer rs at sys4.de
Wed Jun 26 14:23:45 EEST 2013

Am 26.06.2013 12:41, schrieb Tom Atkins:
> Sorry if this is a bit off topic but I'm hoping list members here might
> have some ideas.
> Aim: use ISP provided email with restricted inbox size but keep an IMAP
> accessible archive of emails (including 'sent' messages) on a remote server.
> Scenario:
> - Don't want to run my own SMTP server
> - Have free ISP email with 1Gb mailbox limit and spam filtering that works
> well
> - Have remote server with plenty of disk space
> - Want to use remote server for IMAP access to archive of email to avoid
> 1Gb ISP mailbox limit
> Options I tried:
> 1. Use ISP email via IMAP and periodically backup / archive messages to
> remote server with something like mbsync / isync to maildir format. Delete
> old messages on ISP server safe in knowledge they are backed up on my
> server. QUESTION: how to access those archives via IMAP (read only is OK)?
> 2. Use ISP email for sending messages only. Use Getmail / Fetchmail to move
> messages to remote server and run Dovecot there. I tried using Getmail to
> do this but couldn't figure out how to keep copies of 'Sent' and 'Draft'
> messages if the email client was configured to read via IMAP on one server
> and send via SMTP to another server.
> Any thoughts on how best to achieve my aims?

you must not use getmail ( however it should work too ) , you can always
use imapsync

sorry only german but tec details should be understandable anyway



> Thanks, Tom.

Best Regards
MfG Robert Schetterer

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