transfering an email corpus

Gene Heskett gheskett at
Thu Apr 10 01:28:29 UTC 2014

On Wednesday 09 April 2014 21:23:42 Clay Weber did opine:

> On Wednesday, April 09, 2014 08:14:48 PM Gene Heskett wrote:
> > Greetings;
> > 
> > The subject line seems to not be supported by the new kmail.
> > Both 1.13.5 and  4.11.5 have import as a selection in the file menu.
> > 
> > However it seems Mint has moved the email storage location to
> > someplace buried under at least 5 levels of subdirs and its not even
> > in the user's home dir!  Its in /usr someplace.
> > 
> > So I booted to Mint16/kde, opened kmail and went to its import
> > function. Nice menu, but when it comes to selecting from where to
> > import FROM, it won't let you out of the confines of its inbox!!! 
> > Now I ask you, if what I could see was there, would it not have been
> > already imported?
> > 
> > Wouldn't one want to navigate to where the old email corpus, all
> > nicely mounted and accessible for copy operations, about 13Gb of it
> > so it could be imported, probably one directory at a time. All but
> > one directory there is in maildir format since the size of the inbox,
> > now 13 years old, is well beyond the capacity of a mailfile on a 32
> > bit system.
> > 
> > I am finding this less than humorous when there appears to be no way
> > to even have the new kmail, import its older sisters email database.
> > 
> > Is there a tutorial that at least names the hoops I have to jump thru
> > to do this?
> > 
> > Thanks all.
> > 
> > Cheers, Gene
> fyi, Linux Mint KDE really is Kubuntu. It uses the ubuntu repos for
> everything that is not Mint-specific, so anything kubuntu related will
> work the same in Mint KDE as they are using packages made by the
> Kubuntu team.
> I do not think that Mint is putting mail in /usr, as that is not a
> directory that is writable by normal users. The actual mail is supposed
> to reside in ~/.local/share/local-mail these days (for pop
> mail)usually.
> Using the kmailcvt import tool, I believe you need to specify a folder
> *inside* your mail folder structure to import TO before it will proceed
> to the step where you choose where to import FROM, then it will
> recreate the folder structure being imported *inside* the folder you
> specified. I have not actually used this in some years as I moved all
> my mail accounts to imap, with only certain messages manually saved in
> local folders. It worked flawlessly for my small set of saved mails (2
> years' light usage) If your mail is already in
> ~/.local/share/local-mail, you shouldn't have to import anything. A new
> set of tools I see but have not tried yet are the settings and data
> import/export things found under the Tools menu.
All my local mail is in /home/me/.Mail right now as I am now rebooted back 
to lucid LTS.

I'll swap drives again tomorrow and check if I miss-understood where the 
new .Mail dir is.  If its in me/.local, that would be good.  But it told me 
I had to export the old mail first, but this kmail 1.13.5 has no "export" 
utility that I have discovered.

Thank you Clay.
> Clay Weber (claydoh)
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Cheers, Gene
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