[MlMt] Feature Request: Smart Restore from Backup (maybe)

Benny Kjær Nielsen mailinglist at freron.com
Thu Oct 15 15:22:56 EDT 2015

On 15 Oct 2015, at 19:17, Kee Hinckley wrote:

> It offers two options. Restore from IMAP, and Restore from Disk. 
> Perhaps I'm misunderstanding how the restore works, but I assumed that 
> Restore from IMAP was the only correct solution. However, that works 
> by tossing all the files in the trash and then downloading (11G) of 
> mail from my servers.
> What I'd like is a restore option that looks at what's on disk and 
> syncs it up with what's on IMAP, removing/adding as necessary. Would 
> restoring from disk have done that? Or would that be a new option?

It's at least close to the “restore from disk” option. Maybe I 
should change the wording?

The “restore from disk” option deletes the database index files and 
then rebuilds them based on the emails in the disk cache. UIDs are 
stored as metadata with the emails and the paths to the emails provide 
the mailbox locations. When finished then the IMAP accounts are 
synchronized and this takes care of the rest (in particular any missing 
emails), but this is essentially the same as a regular sync cycle.


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