KMail/IMAP cannot add top-level folder

Eli Wapniarski eli at
Sat Jun 16 15:56:57 UTC 2012

On Saturday 16 June 2012 14:28:51 Timothy Murphy wrote:
> Eli Wapniarski wrote:
> >> When I click on a top-level account in KMail on an IMAP client,
> >> the File->New->Add Folder option is greyed out,
> >> although it is available to create a sub-folder of an existing folder.
> >> 
> >> I know I can create a new folder by creating a subdirectory .<whatever>
> >> in ~/Maildir on the IMAP server; but is this really the only way?
> >> 
> >> Also: is there any way of re-ordering the folders in KMail ?
> >> I created a new folder in the above fashion,
> >> but it is listed out of alphabetical order.
> > 
> > What IMAP server are you using cyrus-imap or dovecote? If you're using
> > cyrus as I am then the root folder is the inbox and it works for me.
> Thanks for your response.
> I should have said I am running dovecot.
> > If its dovecot, I believe that you can't add folders to the inbox, unless
> > something has changed and there is a way to do that which I am not aware
> > of. However, the root folder is the very top level of the tree structure,
> > that is, the alias of email account. If you can't add a folder there, it
> > may be bug in kmail.
> > 
> > If it is someother external source, then we need more details about how
> > you have worked in the past. IE have you been able to create folders from
> > what your root folder is? I wish I could be of better help.
> I'm not quite clear what you mean by the "root" folder.
> My KMail setup (on a Fedora-17 laptop) is perhaps
> more complicated than usual, or than necessary?
> I have 3 email "accounts"
> (as seen in KMail Settings=>Configure KMail=>Accounts):
> "grover", "killeen" and "Local Folders".
> The first two are servers I get email from.
> When I run KMail I see these 3 accounts as top-level items
> in the menu on the left.
> The sub-items, eg "Family", under "grover" in the menu
> correspond to folders in ~/Maildir/ on the server "grover"
> (~/Maildir/.Family in this case).
> The messages in "inbox" under "grover" are a little different.
> They appear in the server in the folders
> ~/Maildir/cur and ~/Maildir/new .
> If I highlight "grover" in the KMail menu
> I see that File=>New=>Add Folder is greyed out.
> On the other hand, if I highlight "Family" (under "grover")
> the "Add Folder" option is not greyed out,
> and I can add a subfolder, eg "Anne", to "Family", under KMail.
> I see that this adds a directory ~/Maildir/.Family.Anne/
> on the server.

The "root" folder of a system is the very first folder of that system. It is 
the folder in Linux that folder is "/". In Windows it would be "C:/" or "D:/" 

Tim.... What you have does not resemble anything I have sitting on my 
computer. My mail is sitting in..


Maildir.... If I'm not mistaken, is for locally stored mail. And if I am not 
mistaken, that means that you are drawing mail in via pop3 protocol, not imap 
and storing them on your system. Would that be correct?


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