Gmail and backups

11 January 2009

I tend to keep all my email. In fact, I’ve been doing that since 1999. The University of Auckland Business School uses Exchange and puts quotas on the amount of mail that each individual can store. Although, over the years, the size of the quota has increased, it isn’t enough to allow me to keep all my email. So, I’ve been using a PST file to keep all my old mail (i.e., mail that isn’t current for this year). That PST file is now over 3Gb (which I suppose isn’t much in the scheme of things), but it is a constant source of worry to our IT folks.

I’ve often wondered how else I might store the messages, and I think I might put them all up on gmail. Although gmail is reliable, it isn’t 100%, so if I do use it as my mail archive, I also want a separate backup.

Having looked around, I think I might use getmail to copy my email from gmail into a maildir Roughly, I followed the instructions from George Donnelly

I tweaked a couple of things. My rcfile ( looks like this:

type = SimplePOP3SSLRetriever
server =
username = [email protected]
password = mypassword
type = Maildir
path = \~/Gmail-archive/
#print messages about each action (verbose = 2)
#Other options:
#0 prints only warnings and errors
#1 prints messages about retrieving and deleting messages only
#verbose = 2
verbose = 2
received = false
delivered_to = false
message_log = \~/.getmail/gmail.log

Now all I need to do, is decide if I really want to upload my whole email archive to google …