8 Replies Latest reply: Feb 29, 2012 2:37 AM by Bob Grove
vneal Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

Hi - wasn't really sure where to post this so apologies if it's in the wrong category.

 

Basically, I have 2 iMacs - one in my home office and one in my work office - and I'd like to sync Mail (and all containing folders etc) with my dropbox account so that all emails I send/receive/file will appear on both machines. My work email is a POP account and the setting is to remove emails from server immediately - I can't get around this unfortunately.

 

Anyhow, all files that need to be synced via dropbox are in a special 'dropbox' folder and I was thinking about creating a symlink of my mail folder to one in my dropbox folder.

 

So i get it he right way round, can someone explain WHERE i need to create the symlink - would it be in the systems library/mail folder to point to the main folder in the dropbox folder (i'm on my PC at the moment so location may be wrong) OR do i need to create a mail folder in dropbox and symlink back to the library's mail?

 

Any help / clarification would be greatly appreciated


Mac, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • 1. Re: Mail folder, dropbox and symlinks  - oh my!
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,475 points)

    Hmmmm, interesting, but not sure if/how that would even work for Mail.

     

    Can you or can you not setup an IMAP account at work?

  • 2. Re: Mail folder, dropbox and symlinks  - oh my!
    BobHarris Level 6 Level 6 (13,110 points)

    In your case you want the symlink to exist in the Dropbox folder and point to the mail folders you want to sync (assuming Dropbox follows your symlinks).

     

    You could practice by creating symlinks inside the Dropbox folder which points to a test folder then see if changes you make in the test folder show up on the destination system.

     

    The problem I see is how are you going to resolve initial sync'ing of the 2 mail systems?

  • 3. Re: Mail folder, dropbox and symlinks  - oh my!
    vneal Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Thanks BobHarris, that seems to have worked so far... I won't know until I set up my second Mac at the weekend.

     

    I've already set up all the accounts and archived / imported all existing mail folders on the 2nd Mac, so hopefully that will overcome the intial syncing issues.

     

    I'll let you know how it goes!

     

    Thanks for your help!

  • 4. Re: Mail folder, dropbox and symlinks  - oh my!
    Bob Grove Level 2 Level 2 (200 points)

    Another - maybe easier way to deal with this - assuming you can't get your work email setup as an IMAP, is to setup a gmail account with IMAP and have all your work mails auto forwarded to this account.  Then set up the SMTP with your work mail details and as the default for this account.   Once in an IMAP account all will be in sync no matter where you access it.

  • 5. Re: Mail folder, dropbox and symlinks  - oh my!
    vneal Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Hi Bob

     

    I do have a Gmail account (currently sat doing nothing) - so to clarify, if I have my work email account forward to my Gmail account, I can set the reply to address in Gmail as my work account still?

     

    Sorry - not brilliant with email set up.

  • 6. Re: Mail folder, dropbox and symlinks  - oh my!
    BobHarris Level 6 Level 6 (13,110 points)

    May I suggest before making any changes on the second system, you first quit Dropbox, then make your changes in the dropbox folder. When happy with the changes, then restart dropbox on that system.

     

    I would make sure you have a backup of your mail folders on both systems as if something goes wrong dropbox will multiply the problem across both systems.

  • 7. Re: Mail folder, dropbox and symlinks  - oh my!
    BobHarris Level 6 Level 6 (13,110 points)

    I'm assuming work is not a large company, as the often frown upon company email being stored on outside servers such as gmail or even dropbox.

  • 8. Re: Mail folder, dropbox and symlinks  - oh my!
    Bob Grove Level 2 Level 2 (200 points)

    Correct - plus if you can then get the details of your out-going SMTP server and set up the same in Mail (which maybe you already have set up if your using this already for your work acoun, and se the default SMTP outgoing server as your work one.

     

    BobHarris may have a point here on the company frowning in this though...but may be good leverage for them to allow for IMAP  - which would make this all seamless