[kdepim-users] Re: Backup Akonadi data

Anne Wilson cannewilson at googlemail.com
Fri Oct 8 20:48:44 BST 2010

On Friday 08 October 2010 16:53:31 David Goodenough wrote:
> I asked a question (is there a backup/migration utility) and you replied
> (and only you) with an answer which told me that there was a partial
> utility (the one in the task bar) and that there was some documentation
> which when I read it basically said that the backup only backed up some
> of the information and that there was a whole lot I had to do myself.  The
> comment about bits and pieces all over the place seems quite justified
> to me when you read the link you gave me and find that the person who
> wrote it said that he did not know where all the places where.  If the
> developers had answered my question then I would have been
> delighted to talk to them.
> That says to me that either no-one designed a backup process (I would
> be quite happy if there was a design but no implementation as it could
> then be implemented) or that its design is hidden somewhere that neither
> of us can find.  In the latter case then this can easily be fixed by
> publishing the docs, in the former case I think I have a reasonable case
> that the developers should answer.
> I have no intention reinventing wheels, I just fill in wheels where I can
> not find them.
> I have written the first cut of the code, and I am currently testing it. 
> So far it seems to work.
The fact that I do not know any details of backup strategy, other than the 
fact that I set cron jobs to regularly rsync various directories under ~/.kde4 
and ~/.local, does not mean that they don't exist.

Most of the developers of Kontact do not read this list.  They long since lost 
patience with the poor attitudes they encountered from so many users.  Now 
when I see a question where I can't at least point to a guide to start 
looking, I go to the developers privately and ask them about it.  Most of the 
time, this works.

I would seriously suggest that your code writing at the moment may be flawed, 
because I know for a fact that backup is something that has been considered 
seriously, even though I don't know how far it has got.  I would suggest that 
you would do better to contact the developers directly and ask about this.  If 
in fact they are short of man-power for this task then you would not only be 
able to assist them, but also would have access to the information you need to 
make good, informed decisions.

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