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Old 11-13-2004, 11:43 PM   #1
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How to restore Evolution? (FC1 to FC3)


Hello!

I'm upgdating from FC1 to FC3 (yeah, I skipped FC2 all together). Anyways, I'm trying to migrate my mail from Evolution 1.4 to Evolution 2.0. However, I'm having very little success.

There appear to be two related directories in each setup:
~/evolution
~/.gconf/apps/evolution

I expected to be able to copy FC1:~/evolution to FC3:~/evolution, and have everything magically appear, but that wasn't the case. I also have tried every permutation of moving the old directories to the new directories. Every time I start Evolution in FC3, in contains all the new stuff. (just a new account I played with, and a few emails).

I also browsed around the Novell site, tried to find some docs, and couldn't. I also did some googling, but nowhere could I find any refernce to restoring Evolution.

Any tips? Have you done this successfully?
 
Old 11-14-2004, 09:22 AM   #2
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Have you tried the import function on Evolution?

Click - file - import

Select the single file method if the first option doesn't auto find your files/folders. Browse to the backed up directories and select the files one at a time. It's a pain, but it can be done.
 
Old 11-14-2004, 07:54 PM   #3
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Quote:
Originally posted by Strixy
Have you tried the import function on Evolution? Browse to the backed up directories and select the files one at a time. It's a pain, but it can be done.
Yeah, total PITA. There's *got* to be a way to migrate over all your folders, settings, and all that other stuff at once. I can't believe its that hard.
 
Old 12-09-2004, 04:43 AM   #4
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Same issue here

Hi,

im just installed FC3 and want to move my stuff from FC2 but I am faced with a similar problem. I cant get my calendar, contacts, mail and tasks to appear in Evolution. Luckily i made it dual boot (FC2 and FC3) so i can go back and go back to FC2 to do may email and schedule, but it really is a pain in the ****.
I see one of the posts mention the backed up files ... where do I find those ?

Kind regards,

Patrick
 
Old 12-09-2004, 08:30 AM   #5
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This is weird, because when I migrated from FC2 to FC3, I was presented with a migration tool from Evolution asking me to migrate the 1.4 settings to 2.0...

Haven't had this?
 
Old 12-09-2004, 08:41 AM   #6
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Interesting

Hi,

at what point during the installation where you presented with that migration tool ? Was it during FC3 installation (did you choose upgrade from FC2 or new install ? I did clean new install on new harddisk, so now i have dual boot FC2 and FC3 - well, tripple boot actually, i also have XP on there somewhere ;-) or did you do something in Evolution after the FC3 install ? I am very curious how you got this migration tool.

Kind regards,

Patrick
 
Old 12-09-2004, 09:06 AM   #7
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I did an upgrade from FC2 to FC3 (don't think I'll do that ever again, but that's another story).

After the upgrade, when I logged on and started Evolution, it told me it found a storage from an older version of Evolution and presented me with the option to:
- Upgrade, removing the old data afterwards
- Upgrade, keeping teh old data afterwards, so I was able to remove it when I was confident the migration went successful, or
- Don't migrate...

I went for the first option, as the data wasn't interesting enough... (mail on imap server, calendar not filled).

I don't know if I would have received this info when doing a fresh install...

I know evolution does use an evolution-data-server (you can see it in your ps view), but I am unsure where it stores its information.
 
Old 12-10-2004, 01:38 AM   #8
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I have solved this issue. I usually keep multiple partitions on my machine, and migrate distros from a fresh install. (My box is running FC1, FC2, Ubuntu, and Genoo). I've been using FC1, and did a fresh install of FC3. After I got it (mostly) configured, I migrated my data over and abandoned my FC1 partition. Figuring out how to migrate Evolution was a huge PITA. I'm disappointed that all the mailboxes are hidden in a "." directory, since it really is data I want backed up. I have a rsync script that does my backing up for me, and I have to manually grab things out of hidden directories to backup, such as bookmarks and saved form passwords. Anyways, here's my install notes from the Evolution upgrade.

Migrating email from Evolution 1.4 to 2.0 (FC3):
This took a while to figure out, but this post is the essence of it:
http://lists.ximian.com/archives/pub...er/039343.html

* Shutdown any running evolution processes.
$ evolution-2.0 --force-shutdown
* Edit the GConf keys /apps/evolution/version and last_version to read
"1.4.0". You can use gconf-editor or the command line interface:
$ gconftool-2 --set /apps/evolution/version --type string "1.4.0"
$ gconftool-2 --set /apps/evolution/last_version --type string "1.4.0"
* Remove (do you have a backup?) or rename (as shown) the new hidden
~/.evolution directory:
$ mv ~/.evolution ~/old-evolution-2.0.0
* Then run Evolution 2.0.0 and it should migrate your 1.4.x data again.
Lean back and have a good cup of coffee, beer, whatever... :-)
Reset both GConf keys to "2.0.0", if not already done. AFAIK
last_version will not be reset.

So, here's what I did:
Code:
# mount /dev/hda5 /media/hda5
$ cp -R /media/hda5/home/ed/evolution /home/ed
$ cp -R evolution .evolution
$ evolution-2.0 --force-shutdown
$ gconftool-2 --set /apps/evolution/version --type string "1.4.0"
$ gconftool-2 --set /apps/evolution/last_version --type string "1.4.0"
I started Evolution 2.0 on FC3, and it imported and converted my mailboxes. It appears to be working correctly! One confusing thing was leaving the evolution directory there, it may or may not have also needed the new .evolution directory.

Last edited by Ed-MtnBiker; 12-10-2004 at 01:39 AM.
 
Old 12-10-2004, 05:56 AM   #9
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WAW, great ... so to make sure I have got this strait:

* in FC3 (running Evolution 2) remove the .evolution dir
* copy the Evolution 1.4 dirs (from FC2) into the Evolution 2 locations
* force evolution to believe there is 1.4 info to be converted (which it does automatically when you upgrade to FC3, but fails to do with a clean install).
* after migration put version info back to Evolution 2.

Just one last thing, will this migrate calendar, contact and task info as well ? Calendar is very important for me as all my business meetings, appointments, ... are in there.

Thanks again,

Patrick
 
Old 12-10-2004, 04:15 PM   #10
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OK ive got my evolution 2.0.2 up and running, but i keep have this strange but repeatable problem. when ever i access my calander or accept a meeting throgh mail. my cpu hangs at 100% untill im forced to reboot ..... thats whty i left winblows !!!!!.... anyone else having this same problem???

im using FC3, Evolution2.0.2-6, and Evolution-exchange-connector... this is starting to be a real pain... is there another peace of mail software that i can use with an exchange connetor ????
 
Old 03-15-2005, 11:45 AM   #11
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I found these instructions on Novell's website. They worked as far as the mail accounts and settings are concerned; however, they did NOT work for the folders. Currently, I cannot see any of my old folders. I am going to try the migration steps outlined above this evening. I hope these instructions from Novell prove helpful to someone. Obviously, the Evolution developers need to provide a tool for exporting Evolution data and another one for importing data from Evolution.

the instructions.....


How to move Evolution 2.0 to a new computer
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Novell Evolution 2.0
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To move Novell Evolution to a new computer you must have all files from the ~/.evolution and ~/.gconf/apps/evolution directories. Perform the following steps to assure Evolution is shut down properly.

At your "old" computer:

At a terminal window run the following commands:

evolution --force-shutdown

cd ~

tar -cvzf evolution.tar.gz evolution .gconf/apps/evolution

This will ensure that Evolution is shut down and that the two directories are archived together in one tar file. Move this file to your new computer.

At your "new" computer, place the TAR file from the above operation into your home directory.

From a terminal window perform the following commands

evolution --force-shutdown

gconftool-2 --shutdown

cd ~

tar -xvzf evolution.tar.gz

Start Evolution and all of your mail and settings should be intact.

Document Title: How to move Evolution 2.0 to a new computer
Document ID: 10095920
Solution ID: NOVL100268
Creation Date: 16DEC2004
Modified Date: 17DEC2004
Novell Product Class:
 
  


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