I am setting up Wanderlust, and have an older "Maildir" folder created by Offlineimap. Am wondering how I can import these emails in Wanderlust and/or combine this folder with my new WL folder?

Can I just move the files in each subdir?

  • Wanderlust supports IMAP and Maildir, but they are in different folders on the computer. You can set up your .folders file to have both. I do this for 3 things: (1) my on-line IMAP folders, (2) my backup to the hard drive created with offlineimap, and (3) the duplicate of what is inside the cyberspace IMAP folders on the shared server that I sync to my hard drive with rsync. Please clarify what is meant by combine and import as it relates to this question.
    – lawlist
    Oct 24, 2017 at 22:27
  • In addition to customizing the .folders configuration file to point to your Maildir folders, see also the variable elmo-maildir-folder-path. For example, I set this path to a location of my choosing, and then set up additional subfolders within that main directory. My subfolders include, but are not limited to: my offlineimap kitten caboodle, my rsync-ed IMAP folders from the shared server in cyberspace, a special folder where I can manually put any email that floats my boat, etc ...
    – lawlist
    Oct 25, 2017 at 1:24
  • Clarify combine & import: currently I have (among other things) "old" emails in a Maildir folder on my hard drive, and "new" emails in another WL Maildir folder also on my hard drive. I want to do an operation so that I have one single WL Maildir folder containing all those emails.
    – Tomas By
    Oct 25, 2017 at 12:22
  • But is it better to change so that .folders contain both?
    – Tomas By
    Oct 25, 2017 at 12:24
  • Maildir stuff is just files and folders on the hard drive. You can manually add/remove emails from one location to the other. If you want to play with marking and moving emails within Wanderlust, have a look at the function wl-summary-refile -- there may be some others. You can mark a region of emails and then act upon them in bulk.
    – lawlist
    Oct 25, 2017 at 16:56

1 Answer 1


First, add your folder to Wanderlust: in the Folders buffer, say:

m a .~/path/to/folder

Then switch to the folder, and mark the whole summary buffer:

M-< C-SPC M->

Mark all the messages for copying into the destination folder:


and execute the copy:


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