backing up kmail

Maynard Wright m-wright at
Thu May 3 01:28:22 BST 2007

On Wednesday 02 May 2007 14:54, manchicken wrote:
> On Wednesday 02 May 2007 16:34:48 Maynard Wright wrote:
> > There's another current thread dealing (almost) with this topic, but I
> > think my question is far enough removed to warrant a new thread.  I don't
> > want to hijack the other one.
> >
> > I'd like to back up my kmail files and it seems that a simple copy would
> > work. I'm having trouble, though, in that the directory structure and
> > some of the files are copied, but some directories end up empty.  This
> > occurs whether I copy from a shell or using Konqueror, whether or not I
> > have root permission, and regardless (seemingly) of the permissions
> > assigned to the directories and files to be copied.
> >
> > Any ideas?
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Maynard
> I back up my kmail with the rest of my home directory...  I imagine just
> backing up ~/.kde/share/apps/kmail would get the job done...
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Problem solved!  The files are all there.  The original version 
(~/.kde/share/apps/kmail) requires that view => show hidden files be
checked to see the contents of .kde.  After that, the contents
are visible without further manipulation of the view mode.  The copied
directory, ~/kmail or /media/sda1/kmail, does not require a change of
the view mode to see its subdirectories, but it does require a change
to see some of the files stored in deeper subdirectories.

It appears that one must check "show hidden files" at least once to
see hidden subdirectories and files below the level for which the option is 
initiated.  That just didn't occur to me since my ~ level copy of kmail 
didn't require it.



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