[kde-linux] upgrading to KDE 4.2.4

Kevin Krammer kevin.krammer at gmx.at
Fri Dec 4 13:39:51 UTC 2009

On Friday, 2009-12-04, David Jarvie wrote:
> On Fri, December 4, 2009 4:32 am, Duncan wrote:
> > Pablo Sanchez posted on Thu, 03 Dec 2009 21:26:57 -0500 as excerpted:
> >> On Thursday 03 December 2009 at 8:43 pm, Louis Hinman penned about
> >> "[kde-linux] upgrading to KDE 4.2.4"
> >>
> >>> ... how do I backup the data and setttings in KMail, KOrganizer, and
> >>> Konqueror and migrate it all to 4.2.4?
> >>
> >> Hi Lou,
> >>
> >> I believe all you'll need to do is rename `~/.kde' to be `~/.kde4'  Or
> >> if you have spare disk space, you can be super careful and `cp -rad
> >> ~/.kde ~/.kde4'
> >>
> >> You'll want to do either when you're not logged in as yourself.  You
> >> might want to boot up at level three - pass `3' to `grub'
> >>
> >> Please let others respond in case I'm wrong though.  :)
> It's not guaranteed that your kmail emails are stored in ~/.kde. If you
> have migrated in the past from older KDE versions, they could be in
> ~/Mail, or somewhere else. Look in ~/.kde/share/kmailrc (I think) to find
> the location if you have problems locating your emails.

kreadconfig --file kmailrc -group General --key folders

I agree with Anne: backup all your data, e.g. the home directory.
Then check with your distributor about their plan for the upgrade path.

If they decide to use different paths than before, they should have 
instructions or tools aiding in the migration process.
If they ship the software unchanged regarding paths, the software itself will 
deal with that.


Kevin Krammer, KDE developer, xdg-utils developer
KDE user support, developer mentoring
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