backup without stopping the imap server?

Andreas Hasenack ahasenack at
Mon Jun 13 14:49:50 EDT 2005

On Mon, Jun 13, 2005 at 12:35:25PM -0400, Jared Watkins wrote:
> AFAIK the only really important data that can't be easily replaced is
> the mailbox list database.  So I do regular dumps of that file and keep

What exactly is this? Really just the names of all the folders and
user.USER mailboxes? Can't this be reconstructed by just inspecting the
/var/spool/imap directory hierarchy where all mailboxes reside? What is
the black magic here that prevents this from being reconstructed?

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