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Kmail backup restore to new machine

Thu Dec 06, 2012 7:46 pm
I have an HP Pavilion Dv5 laptop and a desktop. The desktop is Kubuntu 12.10, up-to-date. I am doing a new install of 12.10 from the DVD on the laptop. I only use it to travel and my last trip was pre-12.10 and that time the backupmail process also failed. I did a backupmail run from my desktop machine and transfered that via USB stick to my laptop. This was done after the very basic install with no tuning done at all. I did a backupmail restore from this file onto my laptop. I then started Kmail and I have no mail folders and no mail accounts. How does one move Kmail from one computer to another, correctly. I want all my settings, both my accounts, all my mail folders, and all their content on the second machine? In essence, a complete duplicate of what I have on my desktop. I thought that Kontact/Kmail was building backupmail to do just this? I am getting frustrated with Kmail since Akonadi came along and made it so complex under the covers. There must be lots of people who want to move a full Kmail setup to a second machine that is a duplicate of the first one, at least for mail. I have Googled and searched the forums and nothing I've found so far works. TIA

Do I need to do both an Akonadi tray back and restore as well as the backupmail? If so, in what order do do the restore?


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The proper framework for backups/restores is in place from 4.10 only, as far as I can see.


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Backupmail doesn't work under Kubuntu. That is a very bad thing. Imagine enterprise environments that have to rely on this tool.
I installed mysql-server and mysql-client and backupmail says it dumps Akonadi now. But the result is still very disappointing. Even the smallest preferences aren't being restored (e.g. "vertical layout" isn't restored).
I would like this tool very much to work. It would make things better.
Are there dependencies missing?
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I have used it just once, so I'm not sure if it works properly or not. Can you make a very small test case showing how to reproduce the issue and file a ticket on bugs.kde.org? This is the best way to ensure it's properly fixed.


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Thank you for you reply Einar.
No, in fact I can't file a bug. When I startup the "pimsettingexporter" there is an option "file a bug". But when I do that bugs.kde.org replies
Sorry, either the product pimsettingexporter does not exist or you aren't authorized to enter a bug into it.

In bugs.kde.org I just filed THAT as a bug https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=320597 .

B.t.w. when I want to RESTORE kmai data I have to hit "/Tools/EXPORT kmai data" in the menu. That is not right.
When I do exactly what the assistant asks me I get output. The pimsettingexporter creates a zip-file. When I look inside it, I see quite some files in it. But when I import this zip-file on an empty kde machine using the pimsettingexporter (?) a huge mess is the result. Building the kmail userprofile ground up by hand is much more efficient than restoring this mess.
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begonia wrote:Thank you for you reply Einar.
No, in fact I can't file a bug. When I startup the "pimsettingexporter" there is an option "file a bug". But when I do that bugs.kde.org replies
Sorry, either the product pimsettingexporter does not exist or you aren't authorized to enter a bug into it.

Please file a bug against KMail directly. I'll also try to poke the developer to look at it.

EDIT: Good news! From my exchange with the developer:

[07:32] <montel_> I fixed his bugs yesterday
[07:41] <einar77> ok, good
[07:41] <einar77> will report back


That means that part of the fixes will be in 4.10.4, and full functionality in 4.11.


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