[MlMt] MailMate and Time Machine

Steven M. Bellovin smb at cs.columbia.edu
Wed Oct 21 13:56:54 EDT 2020

I've had to disable Time Machine backups of the directories
containing my IMAP messages—I was getting at most two
backups per day because each one took so long. Some of
it, I'm sure, is because I have about a million messages, but
I don't think that that's the whole story—my backup laptop,
which has most of those messages but does not normally
run MailMate except periodically when I want it to catch up,
can handle Time Machine reasonably well.

The issue, then, would seem to be something about messages
being added to or deleted from some mail folders, possibly
propagating up the directory tree. Is that right? Is there some
organizational pattern I could use that would cut the time?
Is it, for example, that I have too many messages in certain

        --Steve Bellovin, https://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb
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