Backing up of a group of users mailboxes

Hardi Gunawan hardigunawan at
Fri Sep 22 01:49:24 EDT 2006

--- Jorey Bump <list at> wrote:

> Ciprian Vizitiu wrote:
> > If it's only a few users why not have them use the
> MUA? In Outlook one can
> > create local (read: on the hdd) .pst files as
> exports of an IMAP folder. I
> > think in Mozilla Thunderbird one can also
> "drag/drop" messages from IMAP to
> > "Local Folders". Only catch is of course the fact
> that you'll have to use
> > the same type of MUA to read the archives; Modern
> Outlook (2003 at least)
> > can open Outlook 98 .pst files without any
> problems...
> An alternative could be to set up an IMAP server
> that writes to mbox, 
> and use imapsync or something similar to transfer
> the messages. Then all 
> you need to do is copy the mbox files to the DVD.
> This way, you can 
> store the DVDs as you wish, and read them using
> anything from simple 
> command line mail tools to full blown MUAs (and even
> mount them to be 
> readable by an mbox-based IMAP server, in case they
> ever need to be 
> accessed remotely). There may even be a tool that
> will connect to Cyrus 
> and download the messages into a corresponding mbox
> structure. The 
> result is a nonproprietary set of files that is
> archive-friendly 
> (future-proof, MUA independent, and highly
> compressable).
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Installing another IMAP server is something that I'd
want to avoid.

I'm thinking of doing this as the administrator and
not to involve the users: Set the users' folder to be
readable by administrator-user, then
administrator-user can copy it and back it up using
the MUA.  Will this actually work?

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