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OfflineIMAP Manual: Powerful IMAP/Maildir synchronization and reader support

OfflineIMAP Manual - Powerful IMAP/Maildir synchronization and reader support
offlineimap [-h|--help] offlineimap [OPTIONS] -1 -P profiledir -a accountlist -c configfile -d debugtype[,...] -f foldername[,...] -k [section:]option=value -l filename -o -u interface


Most configuration is done via the configuration file. Nevertheless, there are a few command-line options that you may set for OfflineIMAP.


-1 Disable most multithreading operations Use solely a single-connection sync. This effectively sets the maxsyncaccounts and all maxconnections configuration file variables to 1. -P profiledir Sets OfflineIMAP into profile mode. The program will create profiledir (it must not already exist). As it runs, Python profiling information about each thread is logged into profiledir. Please note: This option is present for debugging and optimization only, and should NOT be used unless you have a specific reason to do so. It will significantly slow program performance, may reduce reliability, and can generate huge amounts of data. You must use the -1 option when you use -P. -a accountlist Overrides the accounts option in the general section of the configuration file. You might use this to exclude certain accounts, or to sync some accounts that you normally prefer not to. Separate the accounts by commas, and use no embedded spaces. -c configfile Specifies a configuration file to use in lieu of the default, ~/.offlineimaprc. -d debugtype[,...] Enables debugging for OfflineIMAP. This is useful if you are trying to track down a malfunction or figure out what is going on under the hood. I suggest that you use this with -1 to make the results more sensible. -d requires one or more debugtypes, separated by commas. These define what exactly will be debugged, and include three options: imap, maildir, and thread. The imap option will enable IMAP protocol stream and parsing debugging. Note that the output may contain passwords, so take care to remove that from the debugging output before sending it to anyone else. The maildir option will enable debugging for certain Maildir operations. And thread will debug the threading model. -f foldername[,foldername] Only sync the specified folders. The foldernames are the untranslated foldernames. This command-line option overrides any folderfilter and folderincludes options in the configuration file. -k [section:]option=value Override configuration file option. If "section" is omitted, it defaults to general. Any underscores "_" in the section name are replaced with spaces: for instance, to override option autorefresh in the "[Account Personal]" section in the config file one would use "-k Account_Personal:autorefresh=30". You may give more than one -k on the command line if you wish. -l filename Enables logging to filename. This will log everything that goes to the screen to the specified file. Additionally, if any debugging is specified with -d, then debug messages will not go to the screen, but instead to the logfile only. -o Run only once, ignoring all autorefresh settings in the configuration file. -q Run only quick synchronizations. Ignore any flag updates on IMAP servers. -h|--help Show summary of options. -u interface Specifies an alternative user interface module to use. This overrides the default specified in the configuration file. The pre-defined options are listed in the User Interfaces section. The interface name is case insensitive.


OfflineIMAP has various user interfaces that let you choose how the program communicates information to you. The 'ui' option in the configuration file specifies the user interface. The -u command-line option overrides the configuration file setting. The available values for the configuration file or command-line are described in this section. Blinkenlights Blinkenlights is an interface designed to be sleek, fun to watch, and informative of the overall picture of what OfflineIMAP is doing. I consider it to be the best general-purpose interface in OfflineIMAP. Blinkenlights contains a row of "LEDs" with command buttons and a log. The log shows more detail about what is happening and is color-coded to match the color of the lights. Each light in the Blinkenlights interface represents a thread of execution -- that is, a particular task that OfflineIMAP is performing right now. The colors indicate what task the particular thread is performing, and are as follows: o Black: indicates that this light's thread has terminated; it will light up again later when new threads start up. So, black indicates no activity. o Red (Meaning 1): is the color of the main program's thread, which basically does nothing but monitor the others. It might remind you of HAL 9000 in 2001. o Gray: indicates that the thread is establishing a new connection to the IMAP server. o Purple: is the color of an account synchronization thread that is monitoring the progress of the folders in that account (not generating any I/O). o Cyan: indicates that the thread is syncing a folder. o Green: means that a folder's message list is being loaded. o Blue: is the color of a message synchronization controller thread. o Orange: indicates that an actual message is being copied. (We use fuchsia for fake messages.) o Red (meaning 2): indicates that a message is being deleted. o Yellow / bright orange: indicates that message flags are being added. o Pink / bright red: indicates that message flags are being removed. o Red / Black Flashing: corresponds to the countdown timer that runs between synchronizations. The name of this interfaces derives from a bit of computer history. Eric Raymond's Jargon File defines blinkenlights, in part, as: Front-panel diagnostic lights on a computer, esp. a dinosaur. Now that dinosaurs are rare, this term usually refers to status lights on a modem, network hub, or the like. This term derives from the last word of the famous blackletter-Gothic sign in mangled pseudo-German that once graced about half the computer rooms in the English-speaking world. One version ran in its entirety as follows: ACHTUNG! ALLES LOOKENSPEEPERS! Das computermachine ist nicht fuer gefingerpoken und mittengrabben. Ist easy schnappen der springenwerk, blowenfusen und poppencorken mit spitzensparken. Ist nicht fuer gewerken bei das dumpkopfen. Das rubbernecken sichtseeren keepen das cotten-pickenen hans in das pockets muss; relaxen und watchen das blinkenlichten. TTYUI TTYUI interface is for people running in basic, non-color terminals. It prints out basic status messages and is generally friendly to use on a console or xterm. Basic Basic is designed for situations in which OfflineIMAP will be run non-attended and the status of its execution will be logged. You might use it, for instance, to have the system run automatically and e-mail you the results of the synchronization. This user interface is not capable of reading a password from the keyboard; account passwords must be specified using one of the configuration file options. Quiet Quiet is designed for non-attended running in situations where normal status messages are not desired. It will output nothing except errors and serious warnings. Like Noninteractive.Basic, this user interface is not capable of reading a password from the keyboard; account passwords must be specified using one of the configuration file options. MachineUI MachineUI generates output in a machine-parsable format. It is designed for other programs that will interface to OfflineIMAP.


o SSL3 write pending: users enabling SSL may hit a bug about "SSL3 write pending". If so, the account(s) will stay unsynchronised from the time the bug appeared. Running OfflineIMAP again can help. We are still working on this bug. Patches or detailed bug reports would be appreciated. Please check you're running the last stable version and send us a report to the mailing list including the full log.
John Goerzen <jgoerzen@complete.org>



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