This is likely to be borderline subjective, but I am searching for good alternatives for command line IMAP to maildir clients: Currently I am using offlineimap, but the docs are lacking, and support is vaning, what is a good alternative to offlineimap that has IDLE support, is fast and mature (does not loose e-mails). Ideally it should synchronize maildir flags (and gmail labels, but can't get everything). I know of:

  • offlineimap
  • mbsync
  • Since you wrote gmailieer, can you tell me why you would like to use offlineimap instead for gmail? I am using offlineimap and notmuch too, but I'm having a lot of trouble with labels and deletion.
    – user128063
    Commented Jul 2, 2020 at 2:23
  • I wrote gmailieer after asking this question, starting the same day. I use it still.
    – gauteh
    Commented Jul 3, 2020 at 5:35

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Nice solution is gmailieer. It doesn't use IMAP but GMail API. Synchronize gmail labels with notmuch database. So it is useful only with e-mail clients with notmuch support. Gmailieer itself do not have api permission to delete Your messages from GMail. So it depends what are Your needs and email client You're using.

  • Thanks, I am somewhat familiar with gmailieer myself ;)
    – gauteh
    Commented Feb 20, 2019 at 13:26
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    Opps. Now I realized Gmailieer your project :D Commented Feb 20, 2019 at 14:13

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