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lei - an overview of lei mail synchronization


lei(1) provides several plumbing-level commands to synchronize mail and keywords (flags) between lei/store and existing IMAP and Maildir stores. Nothing documented in this manpage is required for day-to-day use against externals.

Mail and keyword synchronization is currently a clunky process. Future work will be done to improve it and add IMAP IDLE support.


  # import mail from a user's IMAP inbox and give it the "inbox" label:
  lei import +L:inbox imaps://
  # dump "inbox" labeled files from the past week to a Maildir
  lei q L:inbox rt:last.week.. -o /tmp/results
  # open /tmp/results in your favorite mail agent.  If inotify or kevent
  # works, keyword changes (e.g. marking messages as `seen') are
  # synchronized automatically.
  # If the inotify queue overflows, or if lei-daemon crashes,
  # "lei index" will tell lei about keyword changes:
  lei index /tmp/results
  # Optional: cleanup stale entries from mail_sync.sqlite3
  lei refresh-mail-sync /tmp/results
  # to export keyword changes back to IMAP
  lei export-kw imaps://


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