Just a quick note on how to configure backups of Google Apps email to a local machine.
apt-get install getmail4
create config directory
Create a subdirectory in users home folder (and change permissions)
mkdir .getmail touch .getmail
create config file
Create a file such as .getmail/username.gmail
[retriever] type = SimpleIMAPSSLRetriever server = imap.gmail.com username = firstname.lastname@example.org password = password mailboxes = ("[Gmail]/All Mail",) [destination] type = Maildir path = /path/to/storage/directory/ [options] # 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 = 1 message_log = ~/.getmail/gmail.log
create data directories for storage
Create 3 sub-directories in your designated data directory
mkdir cur new tmp
getmail -r username.gmail
Whilst this is more a ‘note to self’ rather than actual documentation – maybe it’s of use to somebody.
Thanks go to Matt Cutts: http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/backup-gmail-in-linux-with-getmail/ for the start.