[kdepim-users] What files should I backup?

Ingo Klöcker kloecker at kde.org
Thu Aug 20 16:35:18 BST 2009

On Wednesday 19 August 2009, Gary C Curtin wrote:
> On Wednesday 19 August 2009 12:53:51 r bartlett wrote:
> > I'm in the slow as molasses process of migrating from Fedora 8 to
> > 11 and want to know what files I should be sure to back up to
> > ensure not only that my mail is saved, but that my folders and
> > identities and contacts are as well.
> >
> > Any thoughts?  Suggestions?  Links?  Ideas?
> >
> > The last time I did this it involved a pretty painstaking process
> > of cutting and pasting files by hand and then it still didn't work
> > very well. I'd love to see a "I'm going to upgrade" button that
> > automates all the necessary stuff and puts it into a format that
> > the new version will read.
> >
> >  :-)
> Yes, Kontact needs the same backup and restore facility as Evolution;
> simply a few clicks and you're done.
> But since this is Kontact, unless you write a script to do it, you
> will have to just copy a bunch of files and folders manually. In
> Kmail, right click on your Inbox and choose Properties. Go the
> Maintenance Tab. Have a look at the Location. It has either .kde4 or
> .kde in the path.
> Substitute the appropriate path below.
> You need the following config files:
> .kde4/share/config/emaildefaults
> .kde4/share/config/emailidentities
> .kde4/share/config/kmail.eventsrc
> .kde4/share/config/kmailrc
> .kde4/share/config/kaddressbookrc
> .kde4/share/config/kresources/contact
> .kde4/share/config/korgacrc
> .kde4/share/config/korganizerrc
> .kde4/share/config/knotesrc
> and the following directories:
> .kde4/share/apps/kmail
> .kde4/share/apps/kabc
> .kde4/share/apps/korganizer
> .kde4/share/apps/knotes
> If you use Akregator within Kontact, you will also need:
> .kde4/share/config/akregator.eventsrc
> .kde4/share/config/akregatorrc
> .kde4/share/config/kopete.eventsrc
> and the whole .kde4/share/apps/akregator directory.

That's a great list. We do have a (much shorter) list just for KMail in 
the KMail FAQ on userbase.kde.org. It would be great if you could add 
the above list to a Kontact FAQ (I think it does not yet exist) on 

> This works perfectly in KDE. I have this in a script, which I use to
> backup regularly. I am not sure if it will be the same in GNOME.
> Of course the simplest way is just to keep your whole $home
> directory. :-)


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