#430 accepted

Is it possible to store/sync MailMate preferences in Dropbox?

Reported by Martin | August 22nd, 2013 @ 11:29 PM

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  • benny

    benny August 23rd, 2013 @ 08:42 AM

    • State changed from “new” to “accepted”

    No, not safely. MailMate has to be involved in a synchronization scheme to do it safely. It's on the todo, but it's unlikely to happen soon.

  • Martin

    Martin August 28th, 2013 @ 03:49 PM

    Thanks Benny, makes sense. Love MailMate!

  • Marek Ziolkowski

    Marek Ziolkowski November 25th, 2013 @ 07:12 AM

    For what it's worth, +1 on this feature request.

    Settings, but also rules would be nice to be able to sync.


  • Alexander Kucera

    Alexander Kucera November 30th, 2013 @ 01:23 PM

    A possible workaround would be an export/import option for all Smart Folders/Rules. That way you could have a one click export to Dropbox and import it on another machine.

  • Marcel k

    Marcel k June 13th, 2014 @ 01:37 PM

    Very important topic. With so many configuration possibilities we must have a sync or an export feature.

  • Alexander Kucera

    Alexander Kucera January 29th, 2015 @ 10:49 AM

    Hi Benny,

    just checking in to see if any progress has been made in this area either exporting of settings/smartfolders or syncing.

  • Avery

    Avery May 8th, 2015 @ 04:17 PM

    +1 - this would be a really useful feature.

  • benny

    benny May 9th, 2015 @ 01:48 PM

    There is no progress on this feature, but I can at least use this ticket to state how to move settings manually.

    Always quit MailMate on both source and destination machines before moving these files.

    The .plist files in the following folder contains most of the settings relevant for synchronization:

    ~/Library/Application Support/MailMate/*.plist

    In particular, copying Mailboxes.plist can be used to move smart mailboxes from one machine to another.

    As for all OS X applications, most of the settings in the preferences panes (and hidden preferences) are stored here:

  • Ryuji Suzuki

    Ryuji Suzuki November 16th, 2015 @ 06:33 PM

    I've done similar sync for Postbox and found that each instance of Postbox (running on different machines) need to have unique user ID for SendLater function to work properly, or the same copy of one draft in the draft IMAP folder can be sent out from all instances of Postbox. Can you confirm if this type of problem is precluded in MailMate if I follow your instruction above to sync the configurations across computers I use?

  • benny

    benny November 16th, 2015 @ 07:52 PM

    @Ryuji: Send Later only works on the machine (MailMate instance) on which the email was created. (It would be very tricky to synchronize it without risking sending a message more than once.)

  • Ryuji Suzuki

    Ryuji Suzuki December 7th, 2015 @ 02:41 AM

    Thanks. I rsync'ed the entire folder and the preferences file over to a second machine and tested SendLater function, and saw it working the way it should. This is a lot easier than doing the same with Postbox. With Postbox, I had to manually the unique machine ID after each file sync, so that no two computers have the same ID, or multiple computers will send the same email from the draft folder. It looks like MailMate doesn't even share the same Drafts folder over the IMAP server... or maybe there is some mechanism to know which drafts were made on one computer rather than the others all working on one same IMAP server.

  • benny

    benny December 7th, 2015 @ 02:27 PM

    @Ryuji: It's the same folder, but it's only the machine used to press “Send” that knows that the message is in the process of being sent.

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