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Old 10-11-2005, 08:47 AM   #1
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External storage og mail (kmail)


1) How can I set kmail (from kontact) to store mail on an external disk?

2) When trying to make a backup of mail, I tar it, and place the file on an external disk. However it wont restore. I suspect it's the odd naming of mails with illegal caracters for files. But then I don't understand kmail can store it's original mail.

HJave you tried to restore mail copies this way succesfully?

I change distroes a lot, but would like to keep my mail intact and installation of KDE seem to eradicate /.kde
 
Old 10-12-2005, 03:22 PM   #2
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Hello,

Yes, you can use a external HD to store the Kmail folder.
Assuming you mount the external drive before starting Kmail, move the ~/.kde/share/apps/kmail/mail folder to the external hd and create a link in the ~/.kde/share/apps/kmail/mail to the new location.

With the tar problem, I suspect some files or folders have special characters and you are using other filesystem on the external HD (FAT32 ?)
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Old 10-13-2005, 10:03 AM   #3
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Re: External storage og mail (kmail)

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Hello,

Yes, you can use a external HD to store the Kmail folder.
Assuming you mount the external drive before starting Kmail, move the ~/.kde/share/apps/kmail/mail folder to the external hd and create a link in the ~/.kde/share/apps/kmail/mail to the new location.

With the tar problem, I suspect some files or folders have special characters and you are using other filesystem on the external HD (FAT32 ?)
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Intereresting. I tried moving the Mail folder once again and was denied writing in the external disk (am root). However I could with no problem copy Mail to Mail2 on besides the Original Mail folder. How be it I can wriote to one disk but not the other (which IS mounted)?

It cant be the file system can it? The external is VFAT I think the original is Ext3.
 
Old 10-13-2005, 03:24 PM   #4
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Normally, you are able to write without problem on a VFAT partition.
Take a look at the mount options if it's writeable or read-only.-
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Old 10-14-2005, 10:41 AM   #5
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Normally, you are able to write without problem on a VFAT partition.
Take a look at the mount options if it's writeable or read-only.-
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o, I save lots of other stuff on the disk.
 
Old 10-14-2005, 10:42 AM   #6
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Yes, you can use a external HD to store the Kmail folder.
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Did you ever try it or is it merely speculation?
 
Old 10-14-2005, 02:21 PM   #7
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Assuming using a USB key is similar using a external HD, yes I tried it and adopted it to store my emails.
This work also with Evolution and other software. You have the preserve the rigths and the files properties.
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Old 10-19-2005, 10:25 AM   #8
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I gave up kmail and use thunderbird. It has a link to any folder you may want to use as local folder.

It also works placed on /mnt/sda1, a USB ram drive.

I expect now to be able to install any distro and keep my mails and adresses.

Should be fixed so it works in kmail but they don't appreciate suggestions and enhancements.
It's like a dictatorship it seems. Strange in a world where 'free' is emphasized as good.
 
  


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