[MlMt] Moving to a new computer

Benny Kjær Nielsen mailinglist at freron.com
Sun Dec 9 08:24:41 EST 2018

On 6 Dec 2018, at 18:26, Bill Cole wrote:

> On 6 Dec 2018, at 11:36, Robert Brenstein wrote:
>> Benny or anyone else…
>> 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.

To be honest, I hadn't really considered this problem case. Just for the 
record, I believe it should still work without these UIDs, because they 
are also stored in the database index files. The main purpose of the 
attribute is to help MailMate *if* it has to rebuild its database at a 
later time.

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