transfering an email corpus
clay at claydoh.com
Thu Apr 10 01:46:15 UTC 2014
On Wednesday, April 09, 2014 09:28:29 PM Gene Heskett wrote:
> 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.
You can leave it in ~/.mail, and point the importer to that folder; the mails should be
imported into the new location, I believe without removing them from the original
Also, are you selecting the correct option in the dropdown menu? The top selection
is Kmail Archive File (no idea where/how that is created - I think that is for manually
archived folders, done via the right click menu or the Folder menu), but try "Kmail
Maildirs and Folder Structure", which I neglected to mention :(
Clay Weber (claydoh)
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