[Users] I'm whupped by kmail

Steve Litt slitt at troubleshooters.com
Fri Jul 12 20:48:11 CEST 2013

Hi Gene,

This isn't responsive to your exact questions, but it just might be
responsive to the result you're looking for:


As an added benefit, if a future Claws-Mail version ever screws up as
badly as Kmail did with its Kmail2 abomination, then if you do what the
preceding document says, replacing your email client will be trivial.



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On Fri, 12 Jul 2013 14:07:22 -0400
Gene Heskett <gheskett at wdtv.com> wrote:

> Greetings;
> kmail has been my preferred mail agent since 14 years ago, but I have
> not been able to make it start on a ubu-12.4.2 install.
> So, claws seems the next logical step, I've read lots of good "press"
> about it, and I've wasted 10 days on kmail now.
> But, I see claws is mbox format only, an acronym I am told for a
> merged "mailfile".
> And it has no facility to import a maildir, which I have about 40
> of. However the original kmail inbox is a mailfile, and while it
> shows 1 unread message in the claws left panel, it will not show me
> the message itself.
> This inbox file, in a du -h format report, is 2.1 Gb, and the whole
> ~Mail tree is about 4.5 Gb, but that 2.1Gb inbox means its very close
> to falling over on a 32 bit install, and has done so before, forcing
> me to go thru it by hand nuking the obvious spam etc.
> This leads to the first question:  What is the maximum mbox format
> file that claws-mail can handle on a 64 bit install?
> kmail apparently doesn't have an export function, so:
> Is it possible to do something like create a tempdir, and then step
> through the cur dirs, doing a "cat * > temdir/foldername" to create
> the merged files, and then import that into claws-mail?
> Or is there another such mail merging utility that would do that
> better than a simple cat *?
> 3 questions, sorry.
> Cheers, Gene

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