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 +====== Howto Backup Gmail ======
  
 +  * [[getmail]]
 +  * [[http://​mxcl.github.io/​homebrew/​|Homebrew]]
 +  * [[http://​pyropus.ca/​software/​getmail/​|getmail 4]]
 +  * [[https://​support.google.com/​accounts/​answer/​185833|Google application-specific passwords]]
 +
 +Getmail is a small script written in Python that downloads a copy of your mailbox contents. ​ Each email is stored in an individual file, and it is an excellent way to make a backup of your Gmail contents.
 +
 +To set it up, you will need to install getmail through brew, create a specific password for getmail to access GMail, make some changes to your GMail settings, and finally configure getmail itself. ​ We will also be setting up a cron job so getmail will run in the background and continue to download updates regularly. ​
 +
 +=== Install Homebrew ===
 +
 +First, install the Homebrew package manager, which we will then use to install getmail.
 +
 +Open your Terminal application and run this command:
 +
 +<​code>​
 +ruby -e "​$(curl -fsSL https://​raw.github.com/​mxcl/​homebrew/​go)"​
 +</​code>​
 +
 +Next, verify that Homebrew has permissions to install applications on your computer. ​ Depending on your OS X setup, it may request your password to continue.
 +
 +<​code>​
 +brew doctor
 +</​code>​
 +
 +Finally, install the getmail application. ​ We'll be configuring it later.
 +
 +<​code>​
 +brew install getmail
 +</​code>​