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1  Assistance / Pardus for beginners / Re: Backing up KMail to a USB stick with FAT32 on: May 29, 2007, 11:31:18 AM

I think I have the answer.  If you use maildir to store your e-mail in kmail it uses file names that includes a : which is not compatable with fat32.  If you use Mbox to store your e-mail then there is not a problem writing these files to fat32. 

The file I backup is a hidden folder in your home folder called .Mail.  I know this is correct because I have copied it to a ext3 USB stick and imported all the e-mails onto my second machine.

Maildir seems to be the default in kmail but you can change to mbox if needed.  I don't know which is the best to use it seems both have good and bad points.

Just on another point, on the ext3 partition there are .Trash folders that have the same user id number as users on the machine but if you remove a user how do you delete these .Trash folders?

Thanks for all the help.

2  Assistance / Pardus for beginners / Re: Backing up KMail to a USB stick with FAT32 on: May 28, 2007, 21:26:03 PM

I have looked at all the permissions for the files in kmail that will copy and the ones that will not and they are all the same likewise with the USB stick.

However, the files that won't copy have a strange file extension that ends with :2.S and I think this is where the problem lies.  I don't know if kmail is saving the files in the wrong format and I need to change a setting or if I am doing something wrong.


3  Assistance / Pardus for beginners / Backing up KMail to a USB stick with FAT32 on: May 27, 2007, 20:27:38 PM

I am trying to make a backup of my kmail folder.  If I copy it into a folder on my desktop or my second hard drive using ext3 there is no problem, but if I then try to copy the folder to a USB stick using FAT32 there are certain files that will not copy across.  I am not sure if it is a problem with the length of the file names, the files themselves are not compatable with FAT32 or it is a permission problem with certain files contained in the kmail folder. 

Any help would be appreciated.

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