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Re: [kde] Restoring a KMail folder from a generic backup

On Tuesday 15 July 2014 9:27:52 AM John M Cavallo wrote:

> On Tuesday, July 15, 2014 01:28:10 PM Frank Steinmetzger wrote:

> > On Sun, Jul 13, 2014 at 01:04:57PM -0400, John M Cavallo wrote:

> > > I am using KMail 4.10.5 on a Linux system and have a regular backup of

> > > my

> > > entire home directory. I was manually cleaning up my KMail folders using

> > > 'Archive Folder...' with the 'Delete folder and subfolders after


> completion'


> > > when I accidentally overwrote an archive of another folder. Is there a

> > > way


> of


> > > restoring the lost mail folder from the backup?

> >

> > Well, go to the backup folder and live folder with $file_manager and copy

> > it back. AFAIK, KMail uses a Maildir âdialectâ, so you can even copy

> > single mails. If you donât trust that or fear you would overwrite even

> > more in the process, then create a new subfolder in KMail, exit KMail,

> > and copy your backup in there. You can then start KMail again and sort

> > out the emails from there.

> >

> > Â In the past, emails were stored in ~/.kde4/share/apps/kmail/Mail. But

> > with KMail 2, at some point the switch was made to

> > ~/.local/share/local-mail for your local folders.


> Thanks Frank, unfortunately things have changed recently. I checked both

> ~/.kde/share/apps/kmail and ~/.local/share/local-mail, and came up empty. I

> have previously restored the plain text files when I made this type of

> blunder before. Some recent changes in kmail have moved the mail storage to

> someplace else. I fear that it might be in a database (akonadi?) along with

> all of the rest KDE configuration, which would make a targeted restoration

> very difficult.


make sure you have hidden files visible - the subdirectories are now hidden

mine are in /home/myuser/.local/share/.local-mail-directory/.whatevermailfolder (notice the dot in the beginning) and some of them are hidden folders, some not



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