kde4.5.2, kmail and very profligate use of drive space question

Ric Moore wayward4now at gmail.com
Mon Oct 18 02:41:44 BST 2010


On Sun, 2010-10-17 at 19:34 -0400, Gene Heskett wrote:
> On Sunday, October 17, 2010 07:33:11 pm Ric Moore did opine:
> 
> > On Sat, 2010-10-16 at 10:42 -0400, gene heskett wrote:
> > > On Saturday, October 16, 2010 10:40:09 am O. Sinclair did opine:
> > > > On 15/10/2010 20:56, gene heskett wrote:
> > > > > Greetings all;
> > > > > 
> > > > > I just did a df and found my home dir has 21Gb in it and is about
> > > > > 70% full, which didn't make sense as the biggest single pile of
> > > > > data should be my email corpus, with Mail having a total capacity
> > > > > of 3.3G.
> > > > > 
> > > > > So I ran a "du -h gene|grep G" in order to reduce the noise and
> > > > > was amazed that kmail seems to be keeping far more mail data than
> > > > > just in ~/gene/Mail.
> > > > > 
> > > > > Example:
> > > > > 1.4G   
> > > > > gene/.kde4/.kde/share/apps/kmail/mail/.KMail-Import.directory
> > > > > 1.8G    gene/.kde4/.kde/share/apps/kmail/mail/inbox/cur
> > > > > 1.8G    gene/.kde4/.kde/share/apps/kmail/mail/inbox
> > > > > 1.8G    gene/.kde4/.kde/share/apps/kmail/mail/MBOX-inbox/cur
> > > > > 1.8G    gene/.kde4/.kde/share/apps/kmail/mail/MBOX-inbox
> > > > > 4.8G    gene/.kde4/.kde/share/apps/kmail/mail
> > > > > 4.8G    gene/.kde4/.kde/share/apps/kmail
> > > > > 
> > > > > Over 10Gigs of data!  And that whole tree's directories are dated
> > > > > July 14, and all the files in there are dated July 11, no new
> > > > > stuff.  I don't use Kontact, which seems to be referenced in a
> > > > > kmainwin.rc file in that directory.  I suspect this whole
> > > > > 10+gigabyte tree can be nuked.  So...
> > > > > 
> > > > > Does anyone else have it, and is it being maintained according to
> > > > > the mod dates the files all carry?
> > > > > 
> > > > > If it does have current dates, are you also using Kontact?
> > > > > 
> > > > > This is not the mail I am reading as I understand that should all
> > > > > be stored in Mail/$foldername/cur.  Or do I have a very gross
> > > > > miss-understanding of how kmail works?
> > > > > 
> > > > > Secondarily;
> > > > > 
> > > > > When kmail decides to rebuild its indices about 3 or 4 times a
> > > > > day, the whole machine gets laggy as one or another core of this
> > > > > 4 core phenom is tied up at 99% for an hour or more per instance.
> > > > 
> > > > For starters I do not see anything near your listing (in size that
> > > > is, otherwise it matches apart from my listing being .kde, not
> > > > .kde4). And unless you have set up Kontact differently from
> > > > default, yes that is the structure for keeping mail. I would
> > > > certainly not nuke it until I had established where my mail
> > > > actually are kept.
> > > > 
> > > > The second part I don't recognise at all but with the size of your
> > > > maildirs then maybe?
> > > > 
> > > > Running Kontact on Kubuntu 10.10 with KDE 4.5.1 and KMail then
> > > > 1.13.5
> > > > 
> > > > Regards,
> > > > Sinclair
> > > 
> > > I experimentally renamed one of the subdir's about 18 hours ago, and
> > > there have been no complaints, so I think I'll rename the root of
> > > that tree & if nothing complains, or regenerates it, about 11G's will
> > > get nuked.
> > 
> > Huh, I don't have a .kde4 directory. Ric
> 
> Tain't kubuntu, its pclos-2010.7.
<cackles> forgive me for assuming. <snirks> Ric

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My father, Victor Moore (Vic) used to say:
"There are two Great Sins in the world...
..the Sin of Ignorance, and the Sin of Stupidity.
Only the former may be overcome." R.I.P. Dad.
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