archiving all IMAP mail?

Jack Barnett jackbarnett at
Thu Feb 14 08:39:03 UTC 2008

This is the setup I use:

external accounts (pop, imap, etc) <->fetchmail -> procmail -> 
filter&archive -> imap
local accounts -> procmail -> filter&archive -> imap

Then my imap clients connect to the imap server.

The imap server I use is courier-imap (has ssl which is nice)
then use Thunderbird for the clients (runs multiply platforms)

This setup works well, everything is auto-archived and also can get 
access to my mail from anyplace and it's the "same".
It scales well too, fairly secure and have once place to back up all my 

C Thala wrote:
> I need to strictly archive all mail sent to me.
> For some time I've been using fetchmail/getmail from ports to suck down
> (every 5 minutes or so) the IMAP mail sent by my ISP and send it through
> procmail where I make a copy and then archive it (I also do my filtering
> into various mailboxes in procmail).
> I then use my mail user agent to read the mail from a local machine.
> This has worked fine all these years, but now I am switching to the
> paradigm where I am checking mail from multiple clients, so I plan on
> using IMAP-aware user agents.
> As I understand it, these IMAP-aware user agents operate directly on the
> IMAP spool. How can I archive my mail before it reaches them? Also, how
> do I do my filtering to various mailboxes?
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