akonadi suddenly won't start

Kevin Krammer krammer at kde.org
Mon Aug 19 18:42:23 BST 2013

On Monday, 2013-08-19, D. R. Evans wrote:
> Kevin Krammer said the following at 08/19/2013 09:09 AM :
> > No idea why that suddenly changed for you, but try this:
> > edit $HOME/.config/akonadiserverrc so that it has
> > StartServer=true
> > 
> > And then try running
> > akonadictl restart
> Oh, I know what happened :-(
> I got so frustrated with akonadi a while back that I made the inverse edit
> to that file.
> But even though that was ages ago, I hadn't logged out and back in until
> this morning, which is when I got bitten. And in the meantime I'd
> completely forgotten that I had touched that file.
> I also didn't realise that by making that change, it meant that I couldn't
> simply start the server from akonaditray if I wanted to do so. The naming
> of the entry seems to suggest merely "I don't want to start akonadi at
> start-up", rather than "I don't ever want to start akonadi".

Actually it doesn't mean either thing :)
I.e.it is not part of the general server settings, which directly govern 
Akonadi Server. It is part of the MySQL settings, determining whether Akonadi 
will use its own MySQL instance (StartServer = true) or re-use one started 
elsewhere (StartServer = false).

The PostgreSQL backend has a similar setting, the SQLite one doesn't (there is 
no SQLite daemon option).

Changing the setting did not result in Akoandi server not starting, but it 
failing when trying to do so.

Akonadi doesn't have a setting that means "do not start", because it is by 
default never started just for itself, it only ever starts as a reaction to an 
Akonadi client needing it.

It can appear to be starting at start-up if an Akonadi client is launched at 


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