akonadi and postgresql

Akonadi is The PIM Storage Service for kde4, by default it works with mysql.

I really wish to have akonadi with postgresql, nothing against mysql, but i really love postgresql 🙂

Some postgresql support is already in akonadi code (kdesupport/akonadi),
so i made some fun trying akonadi with it (and it does work!).

Here’s the things i had to change to make it work.

  • First, i create an akonadi user and database

    createuser akonadi
    createdb -U akonadi akonadi -E UTF-8

  • Akonadi configuration with postgresql

    in : ~/.config/akonadi/akonadiserverrc


    [%General]
    Driver=QPSQL
    SizeThreshold=4096
    ExternalPayload=false

    [QPSQL]
    Name=akonadi
    User=akonadi
    Password=akonadi
    Options=
    StartServer=false

  • Entites xsl template

    in : kdesupport/akonadi/server/src/storage/entities-source.xsl


    (query.isNull(<xsl:value-of select="position() - 1"/>)) ? <xsl:value-of select="@type"/>() :
    query.value( <xsl:value-of select="position() - 1"/> ).value&lt;<xsl:value-of select="@type"/>&gt;()

    It’s important to check if the result is null before setting it, otherwise it would produce unexpected results with postgresql


    QList<> ::retrieveFiltered( const QString &key, const QVariant &value )
    {
    + qDebug() << "::::: RETRIEVE FILTERED " << key;
    QSqlDatabase db = DataStore::self()->database();
    if ( !db.isOpen() )
    return QList<>();
    @@ -295,7 +300,10 @@
    statement.append( tableName() );
    statement.append( QLatin1String(" WHERE ") );
    statement.append( key );
    - statement.append( QLatin1String(" = :key") );
    + if ( value.isNull() )
    + statement.append( QLatin1String(" is null") );
    + else
    + statement.append( QLatin1String(" = :key") );
    query.prepare( statement );
    query.bindValue( QLatin1String(":key"), value );
    if ( !query.exec() ) {

    – In retrieve filtered method, if we are selecting all collections without parent
    parent_id = 0 will not work in postgresql, we have to change it for parent_id is null

    – When inserting data, we have to append RETURNING id to the insert sentence to retrieve the id

  • Akonadi database definition in kdesupport/akonadi/server/src/storage/akonadidb.xml

    Creating and initializing db:
    Here would be really nice to have some attribute to allow describe custom sentences for each different db manager (when needed)
    something like


    <column name="name" type="QByteArray" sqltype="VARCHAR(255)" properties="character set utf8 collate utf8_bin NOT NULL" driver="mysql"/>
    <column name="name" type="QByteArray" sqltype="VARCHAR(255)" properties=" NOT NULL" driver="postgresql"/>

  • DataStore in kdesupport/akonadi/server/src/storage/datastore.cpp

    QSqlQuery->lastInsertId does not work with postgresql (at least i can’t make it work, with or without oids 😦 ),
    so using ‘returning id’ in the insert sentence we can get it with
    insertId = query.record().value(QLatin1String(“id”)).toLongLong(&ok);

  • kdesupport/akonadi/server/src/handler/aklist.cpp
    To retrieve all collections without parent


    Collection::List list = Collection::retrieveFiltered( Collection::parentIdColumn(), QVariant() );

    instead of


    Collection::List list = Collection::retrieveFiltered( Collection::parentIdColumn(), 0 );

  • And other small changes …

    Here’s the patch akonadi postgresql patch

    This is only for testing purposes,
    some more serious and tested support would be very nice 🙂

    I hope to have some time to update my todoplasmoid to work with akonadi

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