Question re Mail and IMAP

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by rpg51, Nov 22, 2012.

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    rpg51

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    #1
    Is it possible to set up Mail using imap so that all my incoming and sent e-mails are saved "permanently" on my own computer? My e mail account is a gmail account.
     
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    ChristianJapan

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    two spontaneous ideas

    1) Setup in account->Advanced to keep offline copies of your mail

    2) define inbound and outbound rules to copy mails into a local destination on your mac
     
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    rpg51

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    Thanks. Is it necessary to use rules or so long as I do #1 will the incoming accumulate in the inbox the the sent accumulate in the sent box?

    Also, if I send an e mail using one computer - will the sent e mail be stored on my 2nd computer as well, or just on the machine I was using when I sent the email?
     
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    ChristianJapan

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    IMAP will anyway keep a version (inbound and outbound) on the server until some cleanup tasks will remove them. So a second computer with the same account and server will have access to the same mail.
    I use that setup with my iMac, iPad, iPhone and iPod. Love IMAP.

    On the iMac my mails are stored in ~/Library/Mail and some level deeper

    ~/Library/Mail/V2/<censored>/INBOX.mbox/<censored>/Data/Messages

    So good idea to include that folder in backup ...
     

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