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kmail is the kde mail client. Currently I am using version 1.3.2 (from kde 2.2) on Mandrake 8.2 as an imap client (works reasonably well), and I'm trying to use version 1.2 (from kde 2.1) on the Mandrake 7.2 system that is my server.

_Update: I've since upgraded to Mandrake 9.0 with kmail 1.4.3 (kde 3.0.3). Some improvements, but not sure I remember what they are -- seems to handle emptying a folder a little better (over IMAP). Includes a "Reply to List" feature with shortcut "l" (ell) -- but this may have existed in previous versions.

In the latter case, I want kmail to access the imap folders as local, but am having some trouble -- see problem with kmail 1.2, below.

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Problem with kmail 1.2

I'm trying to use kmail version 1.2 (from kde 2.1) on the Mandrake 7.2 system that is my server.

In that case, I want kmail to access the imap folders as local, but am having some trouble.

I've found this paragraph in the kmail 1.2 help (file:/usr/share/doc/HTML//en//kmail/faq.html#AEN2333):

7.10. How can I use mail folders that are not in ~/Mail/?

Simply create a symlink in your ~/Mail directory using ln -s /somewhere/Mail/mymailboxfile ~/Mail/remote. When you start Kmail you will see a new folder with the name remote that contains the mails in your remote folder. If you want to add a whole remote mail directory use ln -s /somewhere/Mail ~/Mail/.remotedir.directory. For that case you also need to create a new empty folder named remotedir with Kmail. The folder remotedir will then contain all remote mailbox folders as subfolders.

After some experimentation, I got this to work for the folders directly below ~/mail, but I haven't found a way to get access to the subfolders in, for example ~/mail/lists.

Here are some of the commands I tried:

This worked for the folders directly below ~/mail -- I had to follow the instructions, then restart kmail after creating directory .remotedir:

ln -s /home/dad/mail ~/Mail/.remotelists.directory

Neither of these worked to get access to lower level directories:

ln -s /home/dad/mail/lists ~/Mail/.loclists.directory

ln -s /home/dad/mail/lists ~/Mail/.remotelists.directory

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RFEs for kmail 1.3.2

  • Create filter rules that move mail between IMAP folders
  • In conjunction with the above, create a keyboard shortcut that will do something like move a mail from <folder> to <folder>-arc (for archive).


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