[kdepim-users] KMail problem or configuration problem?

brian brian at meadows.pair.com
Tue Sep 9 12:01:53 BST 2008

On Sat, 06 Sep 2008 21:26:18 +0200, you wrote:

Hi Ingo, 

Sorry for the length of time it's taken for me to try these
suggestions. One of the things I've been busy doing is converting
everything from mbox to maildir to see whether that made any
difference (it didn't). 

>On Saturday 06 September 2008, brian wrote:
>> On Fri, 05 Sep 2008 21:03:40 +0200, you wrote:
>> >On Friday 05 September 2008, brian wrote:
>> >> Thanks. There's obviously something amiss, but I'm at a loss to
>> >> guess what. Other KDE applications that I use react OK, but I
>> >> can't see anything in KMail's configuration which could be
>> >> responsible. I'm not currently using KMail to collect mail, so I
>> >> don't have Bogofilter or SpamAssassin configured, I'm just trying
>> >> to replicate my Agent folder structure and my filters in KMail
>> >> preparatory to switching over.
>> >
>> >Please rename ~/.kde/share/config/kmailrc to something else (so that
>> > a new configuration is created) and try again. That's to check
>> > whether it's a problem with your KMail configuration.
>> >
>> >Does this problem occur with all context menus in KMail or just with
>> > a specific one?
>> All of them that I've tried (folder pane, message list and message
>> pane).
>I'm out of ideas. Is KMail busy (i.e. does it use lots of CPU) while you 
>wait for the context menu to appear? Or is KMail idle?

It's using the majority of the CPU. 

>> And creating the new configuration made no apparent 
>> difference. I had imported the old Thunderbird message base, and
>> there are a couple of big folders in there. I can't see how the size
>> of the message base should affect displaying a context menu, though.
>Me neither.
>One last try: Please check whether the problem also occurs with a newly 
>created user.

No, performance is (I assume) normal with a newly created user. 

As far as I can see, the likely conclusion is that KMail *is* doing
something which depends on the number of folders and sub-folders which
I have? As you've said before, why it should do this when all I'm
asking it to do is to display a menu seems unclear. However, I do have
a whole bunch of imported folders from Thunderbird - probably
somewhere around 250 in total. 

I was going to move KMail's data over to my main data drive and set up
a symbolic link, maybe the next move is for me to do that, but copy it
instead of move it. Once it's all copied over, I can delete back some
of the folder trees in the original location, and see whether that
sorts the problem, then set the symbolic link to return to the current
configuration. Doing the copy won't be that quick, though. Unless you
have other things you'd like me to try, I'll be back when it's all
completed and let you know the results. 

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