[kdepim-users] Importing rather than moving mail?

Kevin Krammer kevin.krammer at gmx.at
Thu Feb 19 08:31:21 GMT 2009

On Thursday 19 February 2009, Ingo Klöcker wrote:
> On Wednesday 18 February 2009, Anne Wilson wrote:
> > I've had an exchange today with a guy who wanted to move his mail
> > from  distro that must be 2-3 years old - back in the days when the
> > defult destination was ~/Mail - to a current distro with KDE 4.  I'm
> > not sure I've got the sequence of events right, but he tried copying
> > the mail to the new destination, and he tried importing it.  He ended
> > up with an odd display in the folder list panel, and nothing in the
> > message list or message preview panels.  Eventually he set about
> > removing kmail altogether to get a clean start.
> >
> > In the end he did manage to import the mail, so he's puzzled, but
> > satisfied. Meanwhile, I've not heard of this before.  Are there some
> > circumstances where just copying your mail folders to the new
> > destination won't work?  I don't want to be giving bad advice on
> > this.
> I think it should work. Instead of copying the mail folders to the new
> destination under ~/.kde/share/apps/kmail he could have simply changed
> the folders entry in the [General] section in kmailrc to
> folders=$HOME/Mail

I think KMail even autodetects this if the directory is present at its first 

> FWIW, my mail is still in $HOME/Mail.

Same here.

Generally I always recommend to use an archive to copy/move/backup the mail 
directory, e.g. using tar

Gets all the files, even hidden ones, will extract as the user performing the 
operation, sets correct access rights, etc.


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