Restoring a KMail folder from a generic backup

Kevin Krammer krammer at
Wed Jul 16 16:39:55 BST 2014

On Wednesday, 2014-07-16, 15:10:48, David Goodenough wrote:
> On Wednesday 16 July 2014 05:43:10 O.Sinclair wrote:

> > make sure you have hidden files visible - the subdirectories are now
> > hidden
> > mine are in /home/myuser/.local/share/.local-mail-
> > directory/.whatevermailfolder (notice the dot in the beginning) and some
> > of
> > them are hidden folders, some not
> I have never quite understood why some files and directories inside .local
> are hidden.  You only go into .local when you need to find some mail
> manually, and having them hidden just seems to be done to make life
> difficult for the user!

It is not hidden, the hiding is a result of convention used by Filemanager and 
file managment tools when dealing with directory entries beginning with a 

The structure, i.e. using a subdirectory starting with a period to indicate a 
sub folder, is a widely used one when it comes to Maildir storage.
Another very common implementation of that is Maildir++

It is a form of disambiguation, e.g. protecting against a user creating a 
folder with names "new", "tmp" or "cur", which have special meanings in 


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