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I recently installed kmail 1.5 as part of KDE 3.1 on Mandrake 9.1.

There are some things I don't like and or don't understand. Before reporting them as bugs, I'll list them here, possibly write to a mail list, etc.




Font Size in Message Window

When I set the font size (to, e.g., 19 points, Courier) (Settings -> Configure KMail -> Appearance Fonts), the actual font size in the Message Window is significantly smaller than the size shown in the preview.

"Expanded" Message Header in Message Window

The message "header" (Subject, From, To, Date) displays on a colored background with exaggerated line spacing (including an extra wide space at the top of the message window). This, to me, is a waste of space. I haven't found a way to disable this colored background / extra spacing.

Also see next item.

Black Text in Blue Selection

UPDATE: Solved the problem by changing to the Galaxy (color) scheme under Control Center -> LookNFeel -> Colors. _There are a lot of interesting things over there that can be changed, for example you can pick a general scheme for the windows including color, decorations, and so forth, and then (on different pages) make different selections of a color scheme or window decorations.

Some of the colors displayed on the KMail window come from (IIUC) the "systems colors" (the general color scheme) that I've chosen for all (KDE?) windows. The selection color is dark blue, which works for me in most other applications (so far, with limited testing) and worked in KDE 3.0.x (KMail 1.4.3??) (Mandrake 9.0) — but it worked in the old kmail because text within the selection changed from black to white, and was thus legible. On KMail 1.5, the text remains black and is thus very difficult to read.

PageDown and PageUp

Update: After rebooting (for other reasons) the problem went away. Do I need to add a statement about carrying Windows compatibility too far?

The PageUp and PageDown keys must be hit twice to scroll the page (each time you want to scroll).

Sizing Columns in Folder Window

I had difficulty sizing the columns in the folder window so that I could see the folder name, unread, and read count in a narrow window — seemed like I had trouble adjusting the width of the read count column until maybe I did something else (tried a different scheme??).

Update: Also, now (some time later) I don't have a horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of the folder window.

Slower Actions because of More Animation

There are a few situations where there is, in my words, more animation and this additional animation slows the program down.

Two cases:

  • When I check the mail. In the previous version of kmail (i.e., kmail 1.4.3 in kde 3.0.3, on Mandrake 9.0), when I checked the mail a small horizontal bar in the lower right corner of the screen counted 0 to 100%, and then the mail was present in the folder and available. In the new version, the same horizontal bar counts 0 to 100% and then the count of read and unread messages at the lower left of the screen increments for each message. During this time, the CPU usage hits 90%+. I don't need this Windows like "feature".

  • Basically, the same thing happens when I press k to select all mail in a folder in preparation for deleting it.

I should mention that I use IMAP folders on another machine on my LAN, but I did the same in the previous version of kmail, and it was much faster.

Can't Open Links in Konqueror Tabs

When I click on a link in an email, I'd like it to open in a new tab of an existing konqueror (or Mozilla) window. Don't know how to accomplish that. (And don't know whether to log it as a kmail or konqueror / Mozilla anomaly.)


  • () RandyKramer - 12 May 2003
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