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




On Wednesday 16 July 2014 3:10:48 PM David Goodenough wrote:

> 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!

I completely agree - I see no point whatsoever in hiding my own mail away from me. Should someone invade my computer I guess they are clever enough to find them if they so wish in any case

 

/Sinclair

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