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




On Wednesday 16 July 2014 05:43:10 O.Sinclair wrote:
> 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
I have never quite understood why some files and directories inside .local are
hidden.  You only go into .local when you need to find some mail manually, and
having them hidden just seems to be done to make life difficult for the user!

David
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