All local folders lost in KMail

René J.V. Bertin rjvbertin at
Thu Aug 15 15:22:45 BST 2019

On Thursday August 15 2019 14:50:18 Peter Humphrey wrote:

>gmail, but at the moment KMail can't authenticate with it. So that leaves me 

??? I'm still using KMail 4.1x, which connects via GMail's "legacy IMAP" mode. Good enough for me.

>My searches suggest that all other email providers require the use of their 
>own user interfaces, which is no good to me: I just want simple, 

I also have an account which comes with a standard IMAP server and until recently I had an account (= until they discontinued their paid-once-for-life memberships). Our ISP (Orange) provides email as well, also with the choice of both standard POP3 and IMAP.

>dozen times just in the last month or two, I can't see any benefit of that 
>extra complication. On my box, KMail is just too fragile, and I don't know 

My IMAP email archives date back to the early nineties when I was working on Unix workstations that all had IMAP servers running by default. They (the archives) have been hosted on and used with different machines with only the occasional headbreaker to figure out how to set up an IMAP server on an upgraded Mac OS X version. And how to prevent KMail from locking up when used with the UW IMAP server because it doesn't support the non-official-but-de-facto IMAP root directory parameter (and would thus try to fetch and index EVERYTHING under my Mac's home directory).

> I just want simple, straightforward text and HTML emails streamed to my desktop and filtered into folders. Simple, no?

Are you certain that KMail is the best choice for you, in that case? There may be less "new-fangled" MUAs (no judgement here!) that do just email and have better built-in support for mbox mail archives ... and don't need the akonadi juggernaut.


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