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How to synchronize Mail on two networked G5s?

259 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Feb 12, 2014 11:37 AM by Neville Hillyer RSS
Tom Baker1 Level 3 Level 3 (585 points)
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Feb 7, 2014 10:45 PM

Hello. I have two G5s running 10.5.8. Both of them are getting my mail, and they are both on my home wireless network. One of them is my workhorse, that I use every day, while the other one is connected to printers and scanners and things that are not used every day, and so is only turned on once in a while.

 

When I turn on the Mac that is not often used, I would like its maibox to update, and to reflect all the mail activities that I have carried out on my regular Mac.

 

My question: is there any way to keep the two mailboxes synchronized?

 

Thanks for any advice,

 

Tom

Mac OS X (10.5.8), 8 GB of RAM
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,705 points)
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    Feb 8, 2014 12:08 AM (in response to Tom Baker1)

    Hi Tom,

     

    Is this a POP or IMAP account?

     

    Who is your eMail provider, the part after the @ sign?

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,705 points)
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    Feb 8, 2014 1:34 AM (in response to Tom Baker1)

    Settng up to IMAP woild solve all this easily, that is what it's for...

    Incoming Mail server type: IMAP

    Incoming Mail server name: mail.marxists.org

    Outgoing Mail server name: use your local ISP or smtp.marxists.org port 465.

    Account name (or "User name" not alias): your user name

    Password: your password

    http://www2.cddc.vt.edu/marxists/admin/volunteers/welcome.htm

     

    Other than that there are Import options we could use in Mail, but not quite the same.

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,845 points)
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    Feb 8, 2014 8:19 AM (in response to Tom Baker1)

    I use POP email on several computers with the following settings:

     

    1. all outgoing messages are automatically bcc to me - a standard Mail setting under Composing
    2. all accounts are set to keep mail on the server for 122 days - 4 months

     

    Provided I use each computer at least once in the 4 months this has the following advantages:

     

    1. all computers are the same and have access to all outgoing emails - see note
    2. I can see if outgoing mail delivery is slow or has a problem
    3. all mail is backed up on several computers

     

    The only downside is extra incoming mail but I am happy with this.

     

    Note: My main email client is TenFourBird which has a simple archive facility which helps me store all email over a day old in year folders - one folder per year. I don't have any other mail folder structure so this ensures that all computers have the some email folder structure.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,705 points)
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    Feb 8, 2014 10:21 AM (in response to Tom Baker1)

    Sorry about the marxist thing, didn't notice, but when researching what kind of mail accounts @nmia.com might use, that was the only link I found!?

     

    IMAP was designed to keep several devices & computers synced on email...

     

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Message_Access_Protocol

     

    POP on the other hand is normally setup to remove from the Server when downloaded, making it unavailable to anything else, but can be set to leave on the server. POP normally only has Inbox & Trash folders on the Server. IMAP will have several more folders, all kept in sync between devices & the Server.

     

    What is nmia.com anyway? National Military Intelligence Association???

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,845 points)
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    Feb 12, 2014 11:37 AM (in response to Tom Baker1)

    I have already told you how to keep them synchronized in future. This will work provided you launch Mail on the non-workhouse Mac at intervals of less than the 'keep mail on server' setting.

     

    It should be possible to start them off at the same point by:

     

    1. Quit Mail on both Macs
    2. Rename ~/Library/Mail to ~/Library/Mail-old on non-workhorse Mac - in case you want to undo any changes
    3. Rename ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.mail.plist to ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.mail.plist-old on non-workhorse Mac
    4. Copy ~/Library/Mail from workhorse Mac to ~/Library/Mail on non-workhorse Mac
    5. Copy ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.mail.plist from workhorse Mac to ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.mail.plist on non-workhorse Mac
    6. Restart Mail on both Macs

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