[kdepim-users] Kmail and Maildir & Local Folder

Kevin Krammer kevin.krammer at gmx.at
Tue Oct 27 20:09:22 GMT 2009

On Tuesday, 2009-10-27, Christian Mikovits wrote:
> Hello.
> Thanks for the fast replies.
> I use following setup:
> My mails lies on an imap server somewhere in the inet.
>    - I use a webmail client read mails
>    - I use offlineimap to sync the imap server with a local directory
> (~/.Maildir)
>    - I use mutt to read the mails in this local directory
>    - I want to use kmail to read the mails using the same directory
> @Kevin: your suggestion looks promising
>     The question remaining: Does Kmail recognize new mail (files)
> appearing in the folder? (so with this setup I don't have a "receiving
> account" configured in kmail)

I am almost certain it does not. KMail assumes it has "full control" over its 
data dir so it can use all kinds of tricks to increase performance (e.g. 
keeping index files for often used data of a folder).

What you could try to do, depending on your needs, is to use KMail's 
"Disconnected IMAP" (or maybe it is called Cached IMAP) receiving account 

This will basically replace the offlineimap functionality, i.e. KMail will do 
the synchronizing.
You should then (haven't tested that) be able to read the local cache with 
mutt (provided you don't do it while KMail is running, see above).

All this are consequences of KMail's age, that should become a lot better with 
Akonadi but this is unfortunately quite some time in the future.


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