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With the advent of akonadi Kmail has become unusable. I have not found a way to turn off the warning messages that freeze up kmail. They have to do with other packages such as Mysql which I don't even use. Even when kmail works the akonadi load cycle slows things down. So I am looking for a decent gui mail client replacement.

I use Slackware 13.1. My only alternative is to boot 13.0 just for email purposes.

Kmail used to be a very useful program.

John Culleton

18:21, 30 March 2011

Many applications use mysql or the lite version. Akonadi should have little impact on your system unless it is very old, but if you look at System Settings -> Desktop Search you may find that Strigi is running. That does have an impact, at least when doing the initial scan, which can take some considerable time. You can either disable Strigi or pause it, allowing it to run overnight or when your system is not busy. For the sql errors, try reading the UserBase pages, starting with Akonadi and continuing onto the linked pages.

18:53, 30 March 2011
 

The error messages deal with two entities, MySQL which I don't use (would it help if I unloaded it?) and Akonadi itself.

If Strigi is the program that causes the popup window full of meaningless (to me) error messages and also locks up Kmail then I certainly will try it. But if the same bad behavior continues I will go to Claws instead.

It almost seems that someone is trying to force me off Slackware and KDE. First it was the stupid and sluggish plasma gui, for which I substituted XFCE as the nearest equivalent to KDE 3.5. Then it was the Hobsons choice between multiple screen sizes, which I had always enjoyed using xorg.conf, or the ability to hotkey to a console session. I can make one or the other work depending on whether or not I use an xorg.conf file. And now with Slack 13.1 it is this silly akonadi popup with irrelevant error messages which won't go away and kills kmail if I delete it.

Does anyone read the mail about these changes? Nobody cares about an integated PIM. What we care about is a gui that is useful and fast, and a mail client that works all the time.

Got that? Useful, fast, reliable. Like KDE 3.5. If I didn't need recent Qt libs for some other apps (Scribus for one) that is what I would be using.

Now I am off to print out the Claws manual. I will try your Strigi trick but I suspect that it fixes some other problem, not the one I and others have with the latest Kmail.

Thanks for trying.

John Culleton

20:06, 30 March 2011

This is not the place for such messages. forum.kde.org have a Discussions & Opinions section. Take your concerns there and maybe someone will answer you.

You said you were experiencing heavy activity that slowed everything and I pointed to Strigi as a likely candidate. At no point did I suggest that it was making your kmail unusable. This appears to be some problem with your setup and this is not the place to get help with the problem. There are mailing lists and forums for that. My reply was an attempt to help, despite the fact that this is an inappropriate place for the discussion.

10:36, 31 March 2011

Let me mention that the problems I cite which make Kmail unusable were encountered on fresh installs of Slackware 13.1 and 13.37 on freshly formatted partitions. All software was installed. If the major program Kmail is unusable under such circumstances I suggest that advice to do something with MySQL is misplaced. Slackware and KDE4 are not new products. They are supposed to work out of the box. They should not be dependent on user action with respect to the toally unrelated program MySQL.

If there is another place I can reach the KDE developers please give me a pointer.

John Culleton (Slackware user since the days of a tray full of floppies).

John Culleton

18:40, 31 March 2011

Last word - KMail is not unusable, therefore you have a problem with your setup. Please use Mailing Lists or the Forum. This is not the place for this query. If you continue, I shall block you.

15:59, 1 April 2011
 
 
 

This is a test - please ignore

09:15, 31 March 2011