Re: KMail freezes after adding address to addressbook
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Scott posted on Thu, 28 Jun 2012 14:26:46 -0700 as excerpted:
> I only recently returned to KDE in Fedora and found that Kmail was no
> longer the stable and reliable mail client that I remembered.
> For some time I used Mutt, but I often get mail with attachments in MS
> Office formats, and Mutt makes handling those a PITA. I like to compose
> mail in Vim, and that, at least, still works in Kmail. Maybe I should
> look into Claws Mail.
> That would have been a more seamless transition from Mutt than Kmail
If you're already familiar with mutt, that will make at least one bit of
the conversion (to claws-mail) easier. I explained that claws-mail uses
a different mail directory format, mh, but kind of glossed over the
conversion process, only saying that there's a number of ways to do it.
There's a script available that can import from kmail's maildir to mh,
but it's not really current and at least here, required a little bit of
hacking to get it to work. I forgot whether it was python or perl it was
written in and I don't claim to know either, but between bash scripting,
and working with basic, pascal, and visual basic back in the day, the
hack was "interesting" but not terribly difficult for me. IIRC part of
it was simply changing the shebang from an old version to the newer one I
had installed, for one script.
But while that's not an insurmountable challenge for someone who knows a
bit about scripting (even if they don't know that specific langugage), it
COULD be so for people who don't do scripting at all, and who stay as far
away from the command line as they can.
Fortunately, there's at least two other methods available, that people
have reported worked for them. =:^)
One of them, for people that have an IMAP server available (and at least
one person reported installing dovecot specifically for this task, then
uninstalling it, so that's an option too), is to upload mail to it, then
download it to whatever, including claws if that's what they decide to
run. I thought about doing this and would have if necessary (doing the
dovecot thing), but as I've never worked with IMAP and the script was
available, it was easier for me to hack that into working again, and use
The other one that at least one person reported using successfully, is
using mutt to do the conversion, since it understands both maildir (for
kmail) and mh (for claws-mail) and can convert between them.
So if you've already worked with mutt and are somewhat familiar with it,
that's probably the best conversion method for you. Simply install it
again and convert all of kmail's maildirs to mh, then you can point claws-
mail at the converted directories, or copy/move them over to claws-mail's
(It's worth noting that pre-akonadi kmail installs may have some mbox
mail folders as well. Claws-mail can work with these directly using a
plugin, but it's much better to convert them to mh as well. Converting
mbox is rather easier, however, than converting maildir. But kmail's
akonadification conversion switches everything to maildir, so for those
running kmail2, aka the akonadified kmail, it's all maildir, no mbox to
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