backup without stopping the imap server?

James Treleaven jametrel at
Thu Jun 9 21:15:04 EDT 2005

The best idea I have seen is two rsync's: the first while the server is 
running and the second (much faster one) with it momentarily stopped.


Robin Rainton wrote:
> Hi,
>  From what I recall (which might be fuzzy - someone please correct me if 
> any of
> this is wrong!) there is no way to do this properly. There's some stuff 
> about
> it on the wiki isn't there? Think I remember seeing something about 
> using LVM
> mirrors to do it best.
> Basically, you have to stop the server, backup (split a disk mirror 
> would be the
> quickest no doubt - but I rsync the store to another local disk), restart.
> Once you've split your mirror (or done your local rsync in my case) then 
> backup
> offsite, etc. from that.
> This is what I'm doing but it's not ideal. Would love to hear if there's a
> better way. I can only get away with it due to the small number of users 
> at the
> mo, but as things grow will defo have to re-think this.
> I'm hoping that this murder thing will come to the rescue and allow a 
> backup
> over slow/flakey connection without interrupting the master server. Is that
> possible? Going to be the case in the future?
> Cheers,
> Rob
> Quoting Markus Heller <markus at>:
>> Dear list,
>> I would like to ask once again as I have not received a positive 
>> answer yet.
>> Does the cyrus imap server meanwhile offer the feature of a seemless /
>> checkpointed backup that does not require to stop the service?
>> ...

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