Mailboxes are in Maildir format. Any good backup tips? Had success with version control?

deoren Dovecot-mailing-list at
Mon Jun 30 22:28:37 UTC 2014

I'm still pretty new to running a mail server, but one thing I've come 
to appreciate over the years is a good backup strategy. Since I have 
always run my own servers for practice and for personal use I don't have 
access to Enterprise backup solutions. Because of that I usually just 
fall back to scripts and tarballs and offload the content on a regular 

Right now I'm using LVM snapshots + tarballs for daily backups, but I'd 
like to get better coverage for incremental changes that occur 
throughout the day. The size of existing content is low, but (small) 
changes are frequent.

I went with Maildir format because based on my reading it is referred to 
as time tested and corruption resistant. Because individual emails are 
stored as separate files this also leads me to believe that a version 
control system (Git, SVN) would allow for easy point in time restores.

I'm also going to research the GNU tar utility's support for incremental 
archives as that sounds promising.

Suggestions and warnings are most welcome.


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