Archival Process

Tarjei Huse tarjei at
Sat Jul 5 06:09:50 EDT 2003

On Fri, 2003-06-27 at 20:20, pnelson wrote:
> Recently moved company off exchange onto Cyrus-IMAP.  That went well,
> but I have users that miss the pst containers of exchange and outlook. 
> They used them to store old messages and remove them from the system and
> back them up on some removable medium.  So they would put say all of
> 2002 messages in a pst file call 2002.pst and then if they ever needed
> this they would be able to open it and look through the messages.  
> I've decided to try and come up with a way they can do this with the
> current IMAP setup.  Quick response isn't really important.  Currently
> they have folders under the IMAP inbox like:

I've tried to think of a solution for this problem as well. Part of the
problem is that there's no real solution to how the users mailclient
imports the mail (as I know of). My goal was to export and backup
removed users mail so they could get it at a later date. 

This proved quite hard. I ended up with a hack where I export the mail
to another imapserver running UW-imap and then making an iso image of
the users homedir that the user gets an CDR of. This is possible to
reach for users running netscape or mozilla on both windows and linux. 

I haven't had the time to document this though.

It might be just as easy to run outlook and move the mails between an
IMAP folder and the pst file.

> -2002
> --Received
> --Sent
> So I was thinking that I would just tar up the 2002 directory on the
> IMAP server and then remove the directory and move the tar file to a
> CDR.
> Would it be that easy or am I missing something?

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