OT: Thunderbird Folder refresh needed

Alex Schuster wonko at wonkology.org
Mon Dec 17 20:49:31 GMT 2012

Martin (KDE) wrote:

This response is somewhat late. Since I have a new job, time is short, and
I do not use my desktop PC much any more.

> Am 21.10.2012 18:35, schrieb Alex Schuster:
> > Klaus Vink Slott writes:
> > Check the account's settings -> Synchronization & Storage. The
> > default is to have 'Keep messages for this account on this computer'
> > enabled, this makes Thunderbird download them all.
> >
> >>> You have to
> >>> enable the check for every folder you want to watch (in preference
> >>> dialogue of the folder). At least I use it all the time (since I
> >>> moved from kmail to t-bird).
> >
> > Or right-click on any folder and select 'Subscribe...' to quickly
> > subscribe to all the folders you want.
> This was not a problem of subscription but a problem of cyclic update
> the folder content.

Ah, so there is a difference. I thought subscribed folders would be
checked regularly N minutes, according to the Account Settings -> Server
Settings. But you are right, now I realize I had the same problem.

Thunderbird @ linux @ home seems to not have this option checked on any 
folders, yet still they are scanned for new messages regularly. It just
works. Thunderbird @ Windows @ work also has it unchecked, but does not
scan folders. There I have to enable it manually, which sort of sucks,
with > 100 folders.

And another thing I do not like about Thunderbird is that the threaded 
display can only be set for one folder at at time, instead of enabling 
it for all folders at once, which I would like.

> >> That was quite some work, I have many filters and folders. But now I
> >> have it working. (Had to leave Kmail again: After a week it stopped
> >> showing the message content in some folders. The message preview just
> >> stay blank - even after a logout/login)
> >
> > KMail is weird :(

As I wrote I did not use my desktop PC for a while. Now I updated to KDE
4.9.4, and I looked into Kontact again - mainly because I received an
encrypted e-mail, and I did not set up this yet for Claws or Thunderbird.

Was I able to read this e-mail? Of course not. It's worse than ever.
KMail does not display a single e-mail any more. It shows which folders
have unread mails, and some have a spinning wheel indicating something is
being done, but that's all. So I removed the IMAP resource of that
account and restarted, but still KMail shows the account, but as offline.
Again, I see no content. Things like opening the Kontact settings or
switching to the calendar take one minute of time until something

Then I suddenly had the same widgets on all desktops (I have six
desktops, with different widgets), so I restarted KDE, KMail now does not
show ANY accounts, that is, the other two accounts and the  local folders
are also gone (the Akonadi resources are still there). 
I also no longer have any address book. The resource is there, and the
path /home/wonko/.local/share/contacts/ still has lots of vcards. So I
guess nothing is lost, but I'd really like to have access to the
contacts. I removed the addressbook resource, and added a vcarddir one,
but that does not help.

> In the old kmail1 days I had to recreate the index files every now and
> then (about every 2 years) but I never lost mails. After doing similar
> stuff to kmail2 (deleting the akonadi DB) I lost hundreds of mails (this
> is fixed in the meantime afaik) but the good feeling is lost. I don't
> know if I can still trust kmail2 and the mail handling.

I lost thousands when I moved an IMAP folder into another folder on the
same server. Nothing important, so no harm done here. But the guy who
reported this lost 54,000: https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=290363

> For me it will take another two versions to trust kmail2 for mail
> handling.

At least when doing stuff like moving mails around. This is scary.

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