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Old 03-31-2009, 04:09 AM   #1
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Import all settings and saved mail from Outlook and put these into Evolution

I have just decided to try out a Linux distro after a few unhappy months of using XP and some recent recommendations from my nephew.

After reading this month's copy of Linux Format I decided that I would try out Linux Mint 6.

The set-up appears to be fine however I did ask the installation to transfer my documents and settings over to Mint. Although this did take the contents of the "My Documents" folder over and my email address from Outlook I no longer have my saved emails and contacts.

The computer was set-up to dual boot XP and Mint until I became familiar with my new operating system, so I can still access outlook. How can I move my saved emails and address book over to Evolution.

Please do bear in mind that I am a complete newbie with no Linux experience whatsoever.

Thank you in advance for your time and help.

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Old 03-31-2009, 03:01 PM   #2
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I have made some progress today. I checked a variety of websites and was advised to transfer my data from outlook to Thunderbird in XP first. I managed to import both my contacts and saved emails.

I was able to import my address book easily enough, however it is with the saved emails that I am experiencing difficulty. I find the folders and I can see both the files with the .msf extensions and the files of the same name without any extension. From what I read I was lead to believe that I was to choose the file without the extension. However when I click on the file the file type reads Berkeley Mailbox (mbox) but this is greyed out. I cannot seem to find a way around this. Is this a permission issue or an incompatibility issue?
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OK, I was able to do this when I imported my old mail to Evolution, but this just goes around your problem, not sort it:

Create a new folder in Evolution (call it saved mail or something similar) to do this in graphical mode simply move the mouse over to the left of the screen where all the folder are, right click and select new folder.

Now close evolution and open your home folder make sure that you can view hidden files (ctrl + H) and navigate to the directory
saved mail.sbd
(or whatever you called your new folder)

Now simply copy all the files from the folder of your old email client software, simply dragging them will do, to this folder.

When you next open up Evolution all your old emails will be there.

Enjoy and welcome to the Linux community.


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