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Email disaster with Opera

Posted 12-08-2012 at 09:11 PM by flshope

I do my email using Opera. Opera is fast as a browser and it's convenient to open web links from emails in the same application.

A few days ago, I had an email disaster. I had just switched from internet work to email only to find, much to my horror, that all my current and previously stored emails had disappeared. Somewhat surprisingly, Opera's email client continued to work normally in terms of downloading and manipulating new emails. I had not been backing up the .opera directory. I did discover that all but the latest emails were stored in .opera/mail/store/account1, but they are not showing up in the email client display. I don't know if this situation was caused by an Opera glitch or was due to some corruption of the .opera directory.

I posted a bug on Opera's web site -- that was probably premature -- as well as a forum comment there.

Someone at Opera's forum referred me to a previous post about how to restore the email. I have not yet worked through that. I remain somewhat suspicious of Opera because my installation (under Ubuntu 12.04) has been showing other somewhat spurious behavior. For example, it sometimes stops downloading new emails unless I kill and restart it. Sometimes emails appear to be partial duplicates of previous emails, but without the actual content (i.e., just header info is present). These two anomalies might be related.

So I decided to get Thunderbird working, which is provided as part of the standard software suite by Ubuntu. It took me a while to get that working with my email service (Concentric), but it seems to be working satisfactorily.
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