KMail is irretrievably broken
martin at lichtvoll.de
Wed Sep 13 22:44:27 BST 2017
Peter Humphrey - 13.09.17, 15:52:
> I've finally had to admit defeat. I cannot get KMail-2 to import my old
> messages, either from a KMail archive or from the corresponding directory
> structure. I created the directory by extracting the archive using Ark.
Do not import. If you ask me: That KMail 1 mail importer was a joke back then
as I migrated… and I wouldn´t be surprised if it still is. Things started to
work for me as I decided to not use it anymore. Sorry, if that sounds harsh,
but I read more than enough stories of total failure of it doing anything
- Make a backup.
- Point a maildir resource at the location of the mails of KMail 1 *or* move
the directory where the old mails are stored to a new location like "~/.local/
share/local-mails" (meanwhile akonadi_maildir_resource_0 or another higher
number) and point the maildir resource to that location.
- Let Akonadi reindex the stuff.
- Remove old KMail index files, they are no longer needed.
KMail 1 supported mixed maildir with mbox or maildir folders. If you used mbox
folders, like I did for archival of old mails… either point a mixedmaildir
resource (not recommended by upstream) at the KMail 1 mail directory *or* move
the mbox stuff out of the way and either ignore those old mails or find another
means to put these into Akonadi based maildir.
I initially used a mixedmaildir resource. But then separated maildir and mbox
folder, removed the mixedmailddir resource, pointed a maildir resource at its
location and I still have those old mail archives around, still not integrated
into Akonadi, due to a bug in mixedmaildir resource which basically eats more
than 8 GiB of RAM on trying to have it index those mails.
I hope that if KMail ever migrated to Sink developers will actually aim for
actually *working* migration.
Thats the short version. We had this topic countless of times here… and I bet
also in debian-kde. I need bed now.
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