[MlMt] Impossible to set up multiple IMAP accounts pointing to the same IMAP server

Alberto Caporro acaporro at gmail.com
Tue Nov 10 09:53:30 EST 2015

Hi Benny,

thanks for your usual ultra-fast reply; I'm going to try as soon as the
backup ends, I'll keep you updated of the outcome.

Best regards,

On Tue, Nov 10, 2015 at 3:32 PM, Benny Kjær Nielsen <mailinglist at freron.com>

> On 10 Nov 2015, at 15:24, Alberto Caporro wrote:
> after experiencing a total loss of our email server, I'm trying to add to
> MailMate a new account pointing to the new server; connection parameters
> are the same.
> I've left hanging around the old account (in offline state), so that I can
> later copy back all my emails to the new account.
> You need to be very careful. If MailMate goes online and thinks it's the
> same server (which it'll think if the settings are the same) then its first
> action is going to be to delete its local cache since the emails are gone
> server-side.
> The problem is that, when I add an IMAP account, MailMate seems to be
> confused and updates the old one with the data I input.
> Hmm, it would be better if MailMate simply refused to do anything.
> Internally, MailMate cannot handle two accounts with the same settings.
> I've already tried changing the parameters of the old account to something
> else (which doesn't matter, since it's offline), but the same still happens.
> It seems that MailMate somehow "remembers" the server the old account was
> configured with (or the email address, or something else) and gets confused.
> Something like that happens. MailMate always remember the original
> settings. This is for efficiency reasons (to avoid a lot of renaming).
> I'm not really sure how to best do this. *At least make sure you have a
> backup of all your emails.*
> This might work:
>    - Create an account with some dummy settings.
>    - Move all emails/mailboxes to the dummy account.
>    - Remove the old account ( “Mailbox ▸ Remove Source” after selecting
>    it under SOURCES).
>    - Update the settings in the dummy account.
> This should mean that the emails do not have UIDs which implicitly means
> that they are uploaded to the server (instead of being deleted when
> synchronizing with the empty server).
> --
> Benny
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