archiving all IMAP mail?

Wael Nasreddine mla at
Thu Feb 14 09:06:57 UTC 2008

This One Time, at Band Camp, Jack Barnett <jackbarnett at> said, On Thu, Feb 14, 2008 at 02:38:46AM -0600:
> 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 
> emails.
This is exactly my setup as well, Except I use Mutt for a client, or
If I'm not on my PC I use horde which is on my server as well, so
whereever I am, my e-mail is always organised, I never lose an email,
plus the whole .mail folder is rsynced to another server so that's my
extra backup.

> 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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