I recently (last week) upgraded my system from SUSE 13.1 to Tumbleweed. I had major trouble with getting this version of OpenSuse working at all, so I’ve re-installed / upgraded the Tumbleweed packages several times already. Right now my base system appears to be stable; I’ve re-booted it three times in the past 24 hours and it came up OK every time (previously big problems appeared the first or second time I tried to boot from my hard disk). I have been using OpenSuse and KMAIL since 2002 (release 9.0). My current installation is KMAIL 5.6.1, with libraries KDE Frameworks 5.38.0, Qt 5.9.1, and the xcb windowing system (from Help >> About KMAIL).
I have several problems with this version of KMAIL. I’ll introduce all of them here; let me know if you think I should open additional threads, to address one or more of these separately.
KMAIL fails to launch from the Application Launcher. This is an intermittent problem. Usually KMAIL will start the first time I launch it after a re-boot. If I close it down, then want to restart it, I have to issue a “kmail” command from a Konsole session. This problem was present the first time I installed Tumbleweed, and it’s persistent.
When it does launch from the Application Launcher, it starts with a “compose new message” window, not the main KMAIL window. I can get the main window open by hitting “Settings” then “Configure KMail” in the “compose new message” window. This problem did not show up the very first time I installed Tumbleweed, but I’m not certain I had any trouble with the App Launcher that day.
Most of my saved messages cannot be viewed in KMAIL. I’ve been using this program for 15 years, so I have a lot of old messages. The messages are still there (I can find them with DOLPHIN and KATE, and the message counts display when I hover over them in the KMail Folders tree on the left). But if I select a folder, nothing displays in the Message List window at the top. The only folder that appears to work is Inbox (I can see those messages). This is a more recent problem – it just showed up yesterday.
Most of the “Messages” functions won’t work. For instance, if I open a message in my Inbox and try to move it somewhere else, nothing happens. Yesterday I got a couple of error messages “Resource KMAIL is broken” when I tried to do this, Today I don’t get the error message; KMAIL says “message moved to trash”, but the message remains in the Inbox folder. Again, this is a newer problem that I first noticed yesterday.
There’s a bug in the Suse Help Center Table of Contents. Under “Internet” there are four instances of “Kmail”. Only one of them is active. (This is probably a bug in the distro for the Help Center. The very next item, “KNetAttach”, appears twice, but both of those have contents.)
I suspect my problems originate in “AKONADI”, the database manager for KMAIL. Is there some way to shut AKONADI down and/or restart it without invoking KMAIL?
Well, sorry to present such a long list of problems. I think I’ll archive all my current folders, etc. using PIM Setting Exporter before I try any more experiments with KMAIL.
Any help or advice is welcome. Thanks!