Evolution backup

Hi guys

Recently I’ve been trying out LXLE on my old Dell laptop, and for the most part it seems a good distro, but I’m having a couple of issues, the main one being I can’t restore an Evolution backup from my main PC to the laptop, at first I was getting an error message which i forget but now nothing is happening at all when I try to restore all it does is is shut down Evolution and restart it again with no data. I’ve tried un-installing and re-installing Evolution and numerous backup files but I’m getting nowhere

Any help or advice would be much appreciated



I’ve been at this for weeks now

I have not used Evolution for some years, but found some of my notes relating to backups.
You might have them in different folder structure but could adapt it to your needs:

Backup first machine:

Close Evolution and make sure it's server processes are shut down
Make a copy of the following folders to USB or to suit your needs:

Restore to second machine:

Make sure Evolution is closed and it's server processes are shut down
Remove the same directories if they exist
Copy the folders into position
Startup Evolution again

Check out the current Evolution data storage locations

Evolution … WTF :o


Come to think of it - Local email clients … WTF :o


Thunderbird > Gmail/Hotmail/webmail

Way snappier, and customisable. You can’t even define new folders properly on Gmail, it’s merely a means to an end for me. It might be just the app, but I’ve never liked the webmail interface in general. Especially as they’re all the same now

Don’t use any of the services you mention …

I’m using a webmail service with a “proper” UI (Zimbra), where I can define folders at will, and that kicks Thunderbird into a cocked hat (whatever that means).

Local mail clients suck by comparison :wink:

I can’t agree with your “snappier” comment either (snappier than gmail yes, but that’s because gmail sucks too) … I always used to hate waiting for huge lists of stuff to download with a local email client (yes I know you can just get the headers, but then it’s really no different to webmail, but without the benefits).

Webmail via a good service with Zimbra as the UI makes local email clients look dumbass and is SO much more convenient :slight_smile:

Ok, I’ll admit that Zimbra’s UI is the nicest webmail UI I’ve seen, I still expect Thunderbird to be snappier (like, clicking between different folders and contacts). Problem with webmail, is that normally none of it is cached properly, in order to keep it up to date. To ensure that you are looking at a “live” copy of the data in the mail box. It means that it’s constantly refreshing, which isn’t a problem with a local client.

Of course, I’d never heard of Zimbra before, maybe it will change my mind :wink:

Zimbra is no good to you unless you’re using an webmail service that uses it :wink:

These may give an idea (but it’s immensely configurable, oh and open source)…

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Hi SeZo

Thanks for your help I’ll try your suggestions as soon as I can and post back :slight_smile:

You might be right about local mail clients but I happen to like Evolution and I also prefer to do my computing locally whenever I can I’m not really too keen on using web based services, must be the Stallmanist in me :slight_smile:


Each to there own. I like the sound of Zimbra, but never felt the need for using it.
A local mail client has a lot of advantages. For me it is mainly offline availability of emails. Not fan of this always connected mentality.
I use Thunderbird (for many many years) with IMAP, with mail located on various mail servers. I also use Claws Mail which I love for its simplicity. It does not try to cook your breakfast but gets the job done.

I’m on Mad Penguins own Linux.co.uk (Zimbra)mail servers . so I feel I can trust em :slight_smile:

Prior to this setup I may well have agreed with you all (except the Evolution thing, which was always a pain) … but now…

Anyway, hope you figure it out but I know sod all about Evolution … I never liked it, so never really learned much about where it keeps stuff.