Thunderbird topology

MJWestkamper mjwestkamper at
Tue Apr 16 18:52:52 UTC 2019

Good afternoon (EST).

There were discussions some time ago regarding the ability to archive 
and backup using Thunderbird.  In part one issue was the ability to 
archive e-mail on a different device, say a server or different disk, 
from the primary Thunderbird database.

One example; many users use a laptop for their e-mail client. Generally 
they have somewhat limited disk space and many use a SSD. E-mail chains 
can get very lengthy and may include graphics and attachments. The 
e-mail database can get very large very quickly.

My comment relates to the topic here when considering topology. Where 
and how the data are stored should consider the ability to not only 
backup at a different location but to provide a indexable archive, at a 
different location.

There are a lot of ways to implement something like this, and the 
selected topology can make easy or hard. I hasten to add there are a lot 
more issues to resolve when considering an archive and backup, this is 
just one.


On 4/16/2019 2:23 PM, Eyal Rozenberg wrote:
> It's not quite clear what you're asking. Do you mean Thunderbird UI for
> performing backups? Because - one can back up one's email by simply
> making a compressed copy of your mail folders and of your address book.
> Also - what about a separate utility which takes care of backup?
> (Answer on the list please...)
> Eyal
> On 16/04/2019 17:33, MJWestkamper wrote:
>> Good morning.
>> As you consider the Thunderbird topology going forward please add to
>> your consideration the need for backup and archiving. The choices of how
>> things are stored can make implementing a backup and/or archive from
>> simple to difficult.
>> Thunderbird users, both personal and business have the need to backup
>> and archive correspondence in a way that includes the ability search or
>> index e-mail archives and to host the data separately from the active
>> location.
>> Mike Westkamper

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