kmail eating my maildir???

Christoph Höger choeger at
Thu Sep 3 15:32:13 UTC 2009

Am Donnerstag, den 03.09.2009, 16:23 +0100 schrieb Anne Wilson:
> On Thursday 03 September 2009 15:41:20 Honza 'thingwath' Bartoš wrote:
> > 2009/9/3 Christoph Höger <choeger at>:
> > > I am using no IMAP. This is a plain Maildir. I simply have my mails
> > > inside a good old maildir - which is emptied by KMail.
> >
> >
> >
> That bug report was in 2003, and is totally irrelevant to today's KMail.
> > KMail can't do this. And it doesn't support Akonadi (which can do this)
> > yet. So IMAP is the only way...
> I'm still not sure just what Honza is actually doing.  I suspect that he may 
> be trying to use a mailbox set up by another client, in which case he will 
> have to import his mail.
> We need a great deal more information before there is any possibility of 
> helping him.  I've been using KMail for 7  years, and not only have I never 
> seen KMail eat mail, I've never seen anyone else experience it either.

It's easy to reproduce: Set up a Maildir (again: I am talking about the
Maildir format!) and put some mail in it. Then try to add that Maildir
to your account. After this reading that Maildir with mutt will show an
empty folder. 
This is clearly a design flaw: Any Mailclient that reads a Maildir
should not modify it's content without explicit permission by the user.

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