How to migrate mail to a new server

Patrick Boutilier boutilpj at
Fri Feb 19 10:13:18 EST 2010

On 02/19/2010 11:03 AM, Marco van Putten wrote:
> J. Roeleveld wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> I have been reading the thread about using "xfer" to migrate to a different
>> server or to use imapsync instead.
>> Both methods appear to require some additional work and I would prefer to
>> simply copy the data across instead of using synchronization tools on live
>> servers. (It's not a requirement to keep the email accessible during the
>> transfer)
>> I have around 21GB of mail to copy across and was wondering how best to do
>> this.
>> The mail server can (and most likely will) be stopped during the transfer.
>> Will it be sufficient to simply copy the "/var/imap" and "/var/spool/imap"
>> folders across?
>> The contents of "/var/spool/imap" are all the emails and the db-files and such
>> appear to be in "/var/imap"
> I've done the copy method several times without loosing any mail.
> In all cases after stopping the mail services before the copy action.
> Don't know if its the best/preferred/nicest method but it works for me...


I have always used rsync in the past. 21G of mail shouldn't take much 
time to move.

> Bye,
> Marco.
>> Or will this cause problems and is there a better/recommended method of doing
>> this?
>> Many thanks in advance,
>> Joost Roeleveld
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