[kdepim-users] 20090723KP -- Copying KMail

Ingo Klöcker kloecker at kde.org
Thu Jul 30 19:44:23 BST 2009

On Thursday 23 July 2009, Bruce MacArthur wrote:
> Greetings --
> Some of you will realize that this is a specific follow-up to a
> discussion on the kde-linux list.
> The environment is a single computer with a single hard disk drive
> which is highly partitioned.  It has two distros -- openSUSE 10.2and
> Kubuntu Jaunty.  Under openSUSE, I am running KMail 1.9.5 (Using KDE
> 3.5.5 "release 45").  Under Jaunty, I want to use KMail 1.11.2 using
> KDE 4.2.2.
> My plan was to spend a few moments using Dolphin to copy applicable
> KMail files from openSUSE to Jaunty, but Dolphin suddenly stopped
> showing the openSUSE partitions.  Generous and knowledgeable people
> at kde-linux patiently helped me to overcome that problem.  Now
> Dolphin sees my entire hard disk drive again.  However, a new issue
> presents itself.  I am unable to copy my E-mail archives AND to view
> them in Jaunty KMail.
> In openSUSE, the fully-qualified path-name to my archives is as
> follows --
> /home/bruce/.kde/share/apps/kmail/mail/.KMail-Import.directory/
> In Jaunty, I know this much (and no more!) about the respective path
> -- /home/bu4lu3si1/.kde/share/apps/kmail/mail/
> (For those of you who are curious, "bu4lu3si1" is the Han4Yu3
> Pin1Yin1 transliteration -- in Mandarin Chinese -- of my American
> English name! I guess I can be a little weird.)
> The default Jaunty installation did not show
> ".KMail-Import.directory/" as a folder at all, even under a variant
> name.  When I created the new folder and tried to use Dolphin to
> populate it, nothing has become visible -- not even a diagnostic
> message!  And certainly no folders or E-Mail messages appeared.

KMail ignores .KMail-Import.directory unless there is also a file called 
KMail-Import (or a directory called KMail-Import with three 
sub-directories cur, new and tmp) next to .KMail-Import.directory. 
Maybe that's why "KMail-Import" didn't show up in Jaunty.

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