tom callaway (spot) wrote,
tom callaway

Killing off evolution

About two months or so ago, I finally got fed up with Evolution. Not the biological and scientific concept, the email client. I decided to switch to Thunderbird, and I have not really been disappointed. With Thunderbird Beta 2, life just keeps getting better. Aside from relatively minor issues (it cannot handle any operation such as copy/move on a set of email longer than 1000 messages), it is much much nicer. I no longer have the daily crashes, the confusing messages, the hangs/hard locks, etc, etc.

However, I had a local evolution folder that contained a few years worth of inbox archives, which is useful when you have to dig something out from a past life. So, about once a week, I was still having to open evolution and search through that one folder. Today, I finally bit the bullet and decided to try to figure out how to get the contents of that local Evolution folder into Thunderbird. It turned out to be rather simple.

I found where the local Evolution folder lived (or more specifically, the email contents of that folder):

-rw-r--r--. 1 spot spot 553847184 2008-10-24 18:44 .evolution/mail/local/local.sbd/Inbox

I found where local Thunderbird folders live:

.thunderbird/MOZILLA_ID_OBFUSCATED.default/Mail/Local\ Folders/

Then, I simply copied that file into the Local Folders/ directory as "Old_Inbox", and restarted Thunderbird. Thunderbird saw it, generated a new summary listing for it, in about 20 seconds, done. Fast search, easy access, no errors.

I then promptly took evolution out back and cured it of its rabies.

[spot@velociraptor ~]$ sudo yum -y remove evolution
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