[kde-linux] KMail fancy grouping headers uses the weird (American) date format

Duncan 1i5t5.duncan at cox.net
Tue Jul 7 09:09:05 UTC 2009

Anne Wilson <cannewilson at googlemail.com> posted
200902101549.41788.cannewilson at googlemail.com, excerpted below, on  Tue,
10 Feb 2009 15:49:26 +0000:

> On Tuesday 10 February 2009 07:52:22 Esben Mose Hansen wrote:
>> Hi,
>> It seems the grouping headers in KMail does not respect locale
>> settings, nor offer the option to configure the date format. As the
>> supplied format (MM-DD-YY, I kid thee not) is pretty much unreadable
>> for anyone who didn't grow up with it, I hope to be wrong.
> Are you absolutely certain that you have your locale set up correctly?
> Mine automatically displays in the British format.
>> So... can it be configured anywhere? Preferably to use the ISO format
>> (YYYY-MM- DD) but of course still keep the Today/YesterDay/Weekday/Date
>> cascade :)
> If you can't find the reason for the problem you can at least override
> it.
>  Try (KMail)Settings > Configure KMail > Appearance > Message List tab >
> Date Display > Custom Format.  There is a link to formatting  help.

[OK, this is old, February this year, but I'm practicing good netiquette 
and reading the old messages back a way before I post, and given the 
missing answer, apparently no then-regulars knew it, so...]

There's several options listed there, custom format being one, localized 
format being another.

The localized format is taken from the standard KDE settings, kcontrol or 
systemsettings (kde 3.5 or 4.x respectively, he didn't say which 
version...), Regional and Accessibility, Country/Region & Language, Go to 
town on it! =:^)

(I know this in part because I have a customized short day format which 
shows up as the localized choice, YY.MM.DD .  The longer format may or 
may not show up as a different option, it's not customized enough here to 
be sure without spending more time verifying than I wish to.)

FWIW, my first post to the list/group, thru gmane.  Will it make it?  
I've been a KDE user for years, but this 4.x isn't going well for me, to 
put it politely.  FWIW, Gentoo/~amd64, KDE 3.5.10 for work, and 4.2.4 
when I want to get frustrated with things, is pretty much the way it has 
been going since the 4.0 betas.  Luckily Gentoo allows side-by-side 
installation and they've finally got /that/ working reasonably well, so 
at least 3.x isn't breaking due to 4.x any more.

More later, after I finish at least scanning another 600+ messages.  I 
intend to become a list regular, as my next step toward greater KDE 
participation...  We'll see.

Duncan - List replies preferred.   No HTML msgs.
"Every nonfree program has a lord, a master --
and if you use the program, he is your master."  Richard Stallman

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