Difference: IMAPFileSwitch (12 vs. 13)

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META TOPICPARENT name="Mail"

IMAP file switch

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  1. Replace the IMAP location with a blank, that is, erase any text you see in the field.

  2. Quit your mail program.

  3. Login to the Nevis Linux cluster.

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  1. Create your new mail directory with your account name within the automount directory /a/mail/folders and copy your mail files to that new directory.
    For example, if your old IMAP mail location was ~/mail:
    mkdir /a/mail/folders/$user
    cd ~/mail
    cp -arv * /a/mail/folders/$user
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  1. Create your new mail directory with your account name within the automount directory /a/mail/folders and copy your mail files to that new directory.
    For example, if your old IMAP mail location was ~/mail:
    mkdir /a/mail/folders/$user
    cd ~/mail
    cp -arv * /a/mail/folders/$user
 
    1. Be careful if your default mail location was your home directory. You don't want to copy your entire home directory to the mail server, only the mail files. You'll have to copy them one-by-one. If you aren't sure which files are mail files, look at your ~/.subscriptions file (you might have to edit this in the next step anyway).
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    1. Why /mail/folders in the mail reader, but /a/mail/folders in the above step? It's because of automount. You have to refer to the directory using the automount name, but the mail server (on which IMAP is running) can use the direct name. If this confuses you, use /a/mail/folders everywhere; it won't make too much difference.

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    1. Why /mail/folders in the mail reader, but /a/mail/folders in the above step? It's because of automount. You have to refer to the directory using the automount name, but the mail server (on which IMAP is running) can use the direct name. If this confuses you, use /a/mail/folders everywhere; it won't make too much difference.

 
  1. The next step is to tell your mail reader which IMAP mail files contain your mail. You have a choice of how to do this:
    1. Start your mail reader. If you don't see your IMAP folders come up immediately, subscribe to them again. In Thunderbird, you do this by selecting "Subscribe..." from the "File" menu.
    2. If you have a large number of IMAP mail files, or a complex folder hierarchy, the above step may be tedious. The alternative is for you to edit your /a/mail/folders/$user/.subscriptions file.
 
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