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kUbuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot kmail Migration fails

Upgrading kmail to kmail2 always fails when migrating from kUbuntu 11.04 to 11.10. The instruction is to manually run kmail-migrator --interactive, — but that fails too and returns: «Migration of kmailrc has already run, not running it again».

Solution: First remove the files generated by the migrator:

rm .kde/share/config/kmail2rc
rm -r .kde/share/apps/kmail2
rm .kde/share/config/kmail-migratorrc
kmail-migrator --interactive

Then the migration starts.

Next start of kmail, I am again asked for migration, here I skipped. Then kMail aborts with error message, that I had no read/write access to my mail folder; «In KMail ist ein schwerwiegender Fehler aufgetreten. Das Programm wird beendet. ie Fehlermeldung lautet: Sie haben keine Lese-/Schreibrechte für Ihren Posteingangsordner.» («KMail encountered a fatal error and will terminate now. The error was: You do not have read/write permission to your inbox folder.»)

The path in akonadi is wrong.

Solution:

  • Hit Alt+F2 (or open the K-Menu), enter aknonadi and select «Akonadi Console»(«Akonadi Einrichtung»)
  • Look for «KMail-Folder» («KMail-Ordner») and edit it.
  • You see the message: «Error opening /home/user/Mail/cur; this folder is missing» — the subdirectory cur only exists in some subfolders of mail
  • Either change the path to a subdirectory or better delete the entry «KMail-Folder»

Then kmail starts.