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    Default move kmail to new computer

    I've searched and found result after result that say to copy the
    ~/.kde4/share/apps/kmail folder to the new installation to keep all the
    mail. However, I get errors with every message that I try to copy.A typical
    error message would be: "Could not write to
    /media/LACIE/kmail/mail/Abby/cur/126---.GmwqV:2,S."
    I tried copying to the desktop first, then to the USB drive (Lacie), as well
    as copying as root. I can neither copy the folders nor find an export option
    in Kmail. Is there a way that I'm not finding? I'll admit it's problematic
    when the first pages of results on Google are often forum posts from
    previous decades and now irrelevant.
    Details. I always forget these. I'm moving Kmail from a desktop PC with
    Opensuse 11.2 and KDE 4 to a laptop with Opensuse 11.4 and KDE 4.
    Thanks,
    -tom millican

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    Default Re: move kmail to new computer

    On 2011-04-01 22:59, tom millican wrote:
    > I've searched and found result after result that say to copy the
    > ~/.kde4/share/apps/kmail folder to the new installation to keep all the
    > mail. However, I get errors with every message that I try to copy.A typical
    > error message would be: "Could not write to
    > /media/LACIE/kmail/mail/Abby/cur/126---.GmwqV:2,S."


    You are writing to a VFAT device. Use a drive with Linux format.

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    Default Re: move kmail to new computer

    If the USB drive has a Windows file system, then perhaps there's some sort of incompatibility.

    Personally, I would make a tar archive on the old system, then unpack that on the new.

    On the old system
    Code:
    cd $HOME
    tar zcf /media/LACIE/kmail.tgz .kde4/share/apps/kmail
    On the new system:
    Code:
    cd $HOME
    tar zxpf /media/LACIE/kmail.tgz
    but check whether the USB mount name is correct in both cases.
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    Default Re: move kmail to new computer

    You guys were right.
    The tar method worked, and once the accounts were set up again, all was
    good.
    Thanks!

    tom millican wrote:

    > I've searched and found result after result that say to copy the
    > ~/.kde4/share/apps/kmail folder to the new installation to keep all the
    > mail. However, I get errors with every message that I try to copy.A
    > typical error message would be: "Could not write to
    > /media/LACIE/kmail/mail/Abby/cur/126---.GmwqV:2,S."
    > I tried copying to the desktop first, then to the USB drive (Lacie), as
    > well as copying as root. I can neither copy the folders nor find an export
    > option in Kmail. Is there a way that I'm not finding? I'll admit it's
    > problematic when the first pages of results on Google are often forum
    > posts from previous decades and now irrelevant.
    > Details. I always forget these. I'm moving Kmail from a desktop PC with
    > Opensuse 11.2 and KDE 4 to a laptop with Opensuse 11.4 and KDE 4.
    > Thanks,
    > -tom millican



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