NAME doveadm-fetch - Fetch partial/full messages or message information

SYNOPSIS doveadm [-Dv] [-f formatter] fetch [-S socket_path] fields search_query doveadm [-Dv] [-f formatter] fetch [-S socket_path] -A fields search_query doveadm [-Dv] [-f formatter] fetch [-S socket_path] -u user fields search_query

DESCRIPTION doveadm fetch can be used to fetch messages’ contents and metadata. This can be useful for scripts and for debugging. If you want to fetch messages one at a time, see doveadm-search(1).

Important: Please respect your users’ privacy.

OPTIONS Global doveadm(1) options:

-D Enables verbosity and debug messages.

-f formatter Specifies the formatter for formatting the output. Supported formatters are:

flow prints each line with key=value pairs.

pager prints each key: value pair on its own line and separates records with form feed character (^L).

tab prints a table header followed by tab separated value lines.

table prints a table header followed by adjusted value lines.

-v Enables verbosity, including progress counter.

This command uses by default the output formatter pager.

Command specific options:

-A If the -A option is present, the command will be performed for all users. Using this option in combination with system users from userdb { driver = passwd } is not recommended, because it contains also users with a lower UID than the one configured with the first_valid_uid setting.

When the SQL userdb module is used make sure that the iter- ate_query setting in /etc/dovecot/dovecot-sql.conf.ext matches your database layout. When using the LDAP userdb module, make sure that the iterate_attrs and iterate_filter settings in /etc/dovecot/dovecot-ldap.conf.ext match your LDAP schema. Oth- erwise doveadm(1) will be unable to iterate over all users.

-S socket_path The option’s argument is either an absolute path to a local UNIX domain socket, or a hostname and port (hostname:port), in order to connect a remote host via a TCP socket.

This allows an administrator to execute doveadm(1) mail commands through the given socket.

-u user/mask Run the command only for the given user. It’s also possible to use ’*’ and ’?’ wildcards (e.g. -u * When neither the -A option nor -u user was specified, the com- mand will be executed with the environment of the currently logged in user.

ARGUMENTS fields One or more result field names to display, if the search_query matches any messages. In order to specify multiple fields, enclose them in single or double quotes. Supported fields are:

body The body of a message.

date.received Date and time of final delivery, when the message was delivered to a user’s mailbox for the first time. The internal date and time of the source message, when the message was copied by the IMAP COPY command. The date-time attribute when present, otherwise the cur- rent time, when the message was saved by the IMAP APPEND command.

date.saved Date and time when the message was saved to mailbox.

date.sent Date and time of the message’s Date: header.

flags A message’s IMAP flags, e.g. n

guid A message’s globally unique identifier.

hdr The header of the message.

imap.body IMAP BODY output of the message (see RFC 3501).

imap.bodystructure IMAP BODYSTRUCTURE output of the message (see RFC 3501).

imap.envelope IMAP ENVELOPE output of the message (see RFC 3501).

mailbox Name of the mailbox, in which the message is stored. The name is in UTF-8.

mailbox-guid The globally unique identifier of the mailbox, in which the message is located.

seq A message’s sequence number in a mailbox.

size.physical A message’s physical size.

size.virtual A message’s virtual size, computed with CRLF line termi- nators.

text The entire message (header and body).

uid A message’s unique (IMAP) identifier in a mailbox.

user A message owner’s login name.

search_query Fetch messages matching this search query. See doveadm-search-query(7) for details.

EXAMPLE This example based on the first example from doveadm-search(1). We are fetching the fields mailbox and date.sent from user bob’s mailbox with the guid "3a94c928d66ebe4bda04000015811c6a" for the messages with the UIDs 8, 25 and 45.

doveadm fetch -u bob "mailbox date.sent" mailbox-guid 3a94c928d66ebe4bda04000015811c6a uid 8,25,45 mailbox: dovecot/pigeonhole/2.0 date.sent: 2010-01-19 01:17:41 (+0100) ^L mailbox: dovecot/pigeonhole/2.0 date.sent: 2010-01-28 09:38:49 (+0100) ^L mailbox: dovecot/pigeonhole/2.0 date.sent: 2010-03-28 18:41:14 (+0200) ^L

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SEE ALSO doveadm(1), doveadm-search(1), doveadm-search-query(7)

Dovecot v2.0 2010-11-25 DOVEADM-FETCH(1)