12.04.2 LTS, new install, network broken

Gene Heskett gheskett at wdtv.com
Tue Jul 9 13:34:42 UTC 2013

On Tuesday 09 July 2013 08:53:54 Nils Kassube did opine:

> Gene Heskett wrote:
> > As for the mail, my corpus is over a decade old, much of it converted
> > to maildir formats since kmail falls over face first in its morning
> > oatmeal when an individual mailfile exceed 2Gb.  Setting up a big
> > folder list in T- Bird is less than intuitive.  But the real 128
> > thousand dollar question is how to migrate this email corpus to
> > T-Bird, and setup a matching set of sort filters.  I haven't a clue.
> As TB uses mbox, I would expect it to also get in trouble with 2GB in a
> single folder. I think your best option would be to setup a local imap
> server on your box and copy / move all your mails to that server.

That would seem to be the ideal situation, but I have not found a tutorial 
that might guide me in doing that. URL's to such would be much appreciated.  
I have done some googling for that but not in the last 6 months or so.

I have dovecot-imapd installed but not running.  It claims to be able to 
serve both mbox and maildir formats.

I am assuming that when you say mbox, you mean what I also know as a 
mailfile, where all the mails are merged into a single file?  Identical to 
what one of the files in /var/spool/mail would look like if I shut kmail 
down and let the incoming mails just pile up?

Also, does anyone know if this 2Gb limit for an mbox file goes away for a 
64 bit install?  That could also be a way out of this dilemma.  This 
10-04.4 install is a 32 bit install.

> Then
> you can access your mail with any modern mail client, even kmail2 when
> it is usable. If you later decide to try another mail client, you don't
> need to move to another mail format again. At [1] is a detailed
> description how it can be done. Ignore the whining and adapt the
> procedure to your preferences.
> BTW: Did you try the kmail2 version coming from the Kubuntu-backports-
> ppa [2]? For me that version is good enough, much better than the
> original version coming with 12.04.
No, I have not yet.  The mail system bringup is more or less on the agenda 
for today, if I don't revert to a ubuntu install.  Mail here is more 
complex than most because I use some scripts I wrote to drive fetchmail, 
mailfilter, procmail, clamscan etc so that kmail doesn't disconnect from 
the keyboard for 30+ seconds at a time while its going out on the net to 
fetch & filter incoming mail.  All kmail gets is a message delivered over 
dbus, to go and read the named /var/spool/mail/named account.  What gets 
delivered to there has already been filters & processed.  That make kmail 
usage many times more pleasant.

It seems the kubuntu seasoning mix has removed some fonts that linuxcnc 
needs, and if the sources.list can't be massaged to fix that, I'll have to.  
But unity has to go. The total lack of menu's is a show stopper for me.  
But when I asked why it kept reverting to unity about 5 seconds after the 
login, when it was supposed to be, and claimed it was using kdm, went un-

Grepping around in the /etc/X11 tree was not as illuminating as I'd hoped.

Thanks Nils.

> Nils
> [1] <http://www.troubleshooters.com/lpm/201202/201202.htm>
> [2] <https://launchpad.net/~kubuntu-ppa/+archive/backports>

I'll take a look at these, thank you.

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