Get all your email offline for archiving, mutt, etc: Using isync

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New video up here, where I talk about how to use isync (mbsync), which is a extensible program for downloading mail from any mail server or host to your computer.

I use isync in my daily email workflow to read mail locally with mutt (as I talked about in the video on terminal applications yesterday). This not only acts as a backup, but allows email to be loaded and modified instantaneously, and I can run typical Unix commands on the mail directories that it creates. My mail module in my status bar, which displays unread mail is based on this for example.

In the video, I also briefly mention how to set up mutt to read this mail. It's actually as easily as setting the folder variable to the mail directory.