mail restore question

Adam Parrott pinguskahn at
Wed Aug 11 21:31:23 EDT 2004

i was running cyrus and postfix on my suse 8.2 box. all mail was kept
in /var/spool/imap/user for each user. the only backup i kept was the
contents of the /var/spool/imap directory. the harddrive was noisy so
i decided to replace it and at the same time i am switching to debian.
the distro swith really doesn't have too much to do with the problem
but i am just offering as much info on the situation that i can.
after i have tried to restore the mail by copying it in the folder and
doing reconstruct and it not working i have found that there were some
other files that i should have backed up also. so my question is, how
can i restore the email and folders that existed when all i have is
the contents of the folder. It may also help to mention that my next
setup will involve mysql, postfix, and cyrus.

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