email archiving

maildir2mbox

Qmail includes maildir2mbox for converting a Maildir to mbox format.

/var/qmail/bin/maildir2mbox

Archivemail

Archivemail is a utility for archiving and compressing old mail on your server so you can clean up space on your IMAP server without permanently deleting the messages (unless you want to). The messages are put into an mbox file that can be put on a CD/DVD or another computer. If users need to get into the archives, they can use an email client, or a program like mboxview to access their archived mail.

Installation
Download the source tarbal and unpack it:

cd /extra/src
wget http://superb-west.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/archivemail/archivemail-0.7.2.tar.gz
tar zxvf archivemail-0.7.2.tar.gz
cd archivemail-0.7.2

Install the software:

python setup.py install

Usage
The archivemail manpage (also installed with the binaries) details all the various execution options. Some useful flags when running it are:

-n, --dry-run

Archiving

One of the problems with an IMAP server is a problem with the users - they're lazy and don't like cleaning up their mailbox. While you can specify an age in CourierIMAP for messages in the Trash, some environments just wouldn't like your server deleting messages at whim. Plus, there's some users who can't be bothered even deleting messages out of their Inbox and instead let it balloon to thousands of messages (and then whine to you when their email client slows to a snail's pace).

Archivemail is a utility for archiving and compressing old mail on your server so you can clean up space on your IMAP server without permanently deleting the messages (unless you want to). The messages are put into an mbox file that can be put on a CD/DVD or another computer. If users need to get into the archives, they can use an email client, or a program like mboxview to access their archived mail.

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