[MlMt] Moving to a new computer

Bill Cole mmlist-20120120 at billmail.scconsult.com
Thu Dec 6 13:16:09 EST 2018

On 6 Dec 2018, at 12:42, Robert Brenstein wrote:

> On 6 Dec 2018, at 18:26, Bill Cole wrote:
>> On 6 Dec 2018, at 11:36, Robert Brenstein wrote:
>>> Benny or anyone elseā€¦
>>> Why should we copy just the plists and prefs and refetch all the 
>>> mails? If I follow the recommendation below, that what we should do. 
>>> However, with 100k mails in dozen IMAP accounts, this will take a 
>>> while. I would rather copy the entire MailMate folder from the 
>>> Application Support and com.freron.MailMate.plist from Preferences 
>>> to another computer. Direct copy is fast.
>> I tried that. It was ugly, because I used 'rsync' without the flag to 
>> replicate extended attributes, which MM uses to store a message UID. 
>> I was fortunate to have been watching how the whole process worked...
>> So *MAYBE* you can make it work but you should make absolutely 
>> certain that you replicate extended attributes and when you fire up 
>> MM afterwards, WATCH what MM does and be prepared to kill it and work 
>> out any issues you have.
>> I can't imagine Benny recommending mail cache replication, given the 
>> risks that it carries.
> Would copying a folder in Finder not copy all the attributes?

I would expect that it would.

In my case I was copying across a problematic wireless network so a 
Finder copy would have been almost as slow as re-download.

> If I refetch all my mails, what about all the flags and tags that I 
> have set on my mails? Hundreds of them.

That depends on your IMAP servers. I don't know how exactly MM handles 
tags/flags for IMAP accounts on servers that don't have full keyword 

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