Re: How do you synchronize your notmuch tags across multiple machines?

Subject: Re: How do you synchronize your notmuch tags across multiple machines?

Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2019 17:48:42 -0500

To: Dan Čermák


From: Brian Sniffen

I had the same problem. I found a solution: dispense with imap. This can be in two ways:

For work, I use getmail (and imap) to read messages from an Exchange server and drop them in a maildir. Muchsync then coordinates those. 

For personal mail, I just use muchsync to directly manipulate Dovecot’s maildir. 

Both work fine. In the “work” case, changes are not pushed back up to the server. 

Brian Sniffen

> On Jan 3, 2019, at 5:27 PM, Dan Čermák <> wrote:
> I have just given muchsync a try and it synchronizes email and tags very
> quickly. I am quite impressed by it!
> Unfortunately, I have hit exactly the same problem that you describe: I
> have to have a single machine that pulls in my email via offlineimap and
> then sync to the others via muchsync. That is a little inconvenient, as
> I was hoping that I could switch the "master" depending on which machine
> I am currently using and not having it up and online at all times.
> I am afraid that that's not going to be easy to accomplish, as it
> requires muchsync and a maildir synchronization program (in my case
> offlineimap) to play together. The problem with offlineimap seems to be
> that it expects the maildir filenames to have a different form and does
> not recognize those that muchsync created (and it instead tries to clone
> all my inboxes again). In case I'll manage to get muchsync to work
> without a dedicated master, I'll let the list know.
> Cheers,
> Dan
> Tom Hirschowitz <> writes:
>> I also use muchsync. Had a few issues with it in the beginning but the
>> author, David Mazières, was quite efficient in fixing them, and patient
>> with me being awkwardly incompetent. It's been working like a charm
>> since then.
>> It took me some time to figure out a working set up though. My mail is
>> now fetched first on the same machine everytime, and then synchronised
>> from other machines through muchsync. This is a bit annoying, and I'd be
>> curious if anyone had a better way.
>> Tom
>>> * Dan Čermák:
>>>> I have found muchsync, but unfortunately very little reports about how
>>>> well it works, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
>>> Muchsync works well for me, although I only need to sync between two
>>> machines. It is quite fast after the initial synchronisation, and I
>>> did not have any problems yet. I reported a small error in the
>>> documentation, but that should be fixed by now.
>>> -Ralph
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