Recommend how to move 31GB of mail to a new server

Patrick Boutilier boutilpj at
Sat Jun 23 21:34:33 EDT 2007

Daniel O'Connor wrote:
> On Sunday 24 June 2007 07:37, Gary Mills wrote:
>> For only 30 gigabytes, you might be better off just copying the files
>> over, with IMAP down.  It could only take a few hours.  You can copy
>> a sample from the live system to get an idea of the timing.
> You could rsync the mail spool while it is live, take it down and then 
> rsync again.
> That should save considerable time as I would imagine the vast majority 
> of email would be unchanged between the first & second copy.

But unfortunately rsync will still have to scan each file to determine 
what has changed, and that can chew up a lot of time.

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