KMail is irretrievably broken
peter at prh.myzen.co.uk
Thu Sep 14 15:07:18 BST 2017
On Thursday, 14 September 2017 10:04:05 BST you wrote:
> A thought: what are your retrieval settings? When I create a new "account"
> I always start by setting them to "on demand" and caching for a
> reasonable short time, or the shortest possible time if it's a local
> resource. For an account holding only archive folders I'd also opt not to
> include it when checking for mail.
I have "Include in manual mail check" and "Switch off-line on KMail
shutdown" set, but not "Check mail on startup."
My accounts number three: a POP3 account to handle my Internet mail; another
one for LAN mail from a local server; and the obligatory local folders.
Occasionally I play with an IMAP account for gmail, but my ISP doesn't offer
IMAP. There's never anything in the local folders account.
Archives are standard KMail ones, stored on another partition.
> As far as I recall I've seen reports about this duplicate emails issue
> since the 4.1x days meaning that the versions I'm still using aren't
> immune. Yet I've never seen any sign of it (that wasn't due to the way
> GMail imap folders work). I do sometimes have an issue where email seems
> to get lost and newly received email doesn't show up. Annoying, but I
> only have to quit Kontact, do `akonadictl fsck`, possibly an akonadi
> restart and things work again.
Yes, me too. Since the onset of plasma, though, they're considerably worse,
and not just in number.
Today, for example, I've had two mailing-list replies also CC'd to me. In
both cases the CC appeared in my inbox, as it should, but the list reply
didn't appear anywhere. Your message was one of those; I had to move the CC
into the list folder myself.
Then again, in the recent weeks of my latest struggle with it, I've had
dozens of duplicates of messages suddenly appear in my inbox, even when I've
only just started the program - and none of my accounts are set to fetch
mail on startup, and I didn't see any network activity. The spurious copies
were duplicates of messages that had already been filtered into other
folders. I don't remember anything like that happening with KMail-1. 
As for "akonadi fsck," until this week, this has never done anything for me.
The bash prompt returned immediately and I couldn't see any evidence that an
fsck had been done. This week, though, I've tried it twice more, and each
time it went away down a black hole. /bin/ps showed it, but /usr/bin/top
didn't, and I never got my prompt back; again I couldn't see any trace of it
doing or having done anything. It's useless here. The same applies to
I've lost count of the times I've deleted my user account, created another
one from scratch and tried to restore my e-mails. My reason for doing that,
of course, was to ensure that nothing weird could hang on from old failures,
such as damaged e-mails. The latest time, though, was yesterday, when I
didn't bother trying to restore my e-mails; just left the folders empty to
start again. 
Sys-kernel/gentoo-sources-4.12.5, but 4.12.12 from today
KDE-plasma-5.10.4-r1, but 5.10.5 from today
Maybe I should try yet another "emerge -e world." It doesn't seem to have
done any good before, though. I could try Luis Felipe's idea too. If I could
find a satisfactory alternative to KMail, together with a practicable way to
export and import, I would.
 And that was with only a few messages in a new collection as in .
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