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Old 02-19-2005, 08:28 PM   #1
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Location of Evolution files containing settings and other config options?

I am migrating Evolution from one hard disk and one distro to another hard disk under a new distro. Which involves copying over all emails, email settings, and the like.

In other words I am NOT importing email from a different email program or some such. I am ceasing to use Evolution installed under a previous distro (Gentoo) and am setting up Evolution to be used under a different distro (VidaLinux - which is really just Gentoo anyway but with a graphical installer).

So given that .......

Does anyone know of a web page anywhere in the world that would clearly lay out for me where the various files that Evolution uses are at and what they are used for?

So far I have managed to copy my email over which seems to have been in ~/carlos/.evolution and it's sub-directories. I have tried to also copy over ~/gconf/apps/evolution and it's sub-directories thinking that settings might be in there to no avail. Evolution simply will NOT pull in my old email account settings.

Now I could just reset them again from within Evolution, and may end up ultimately doing that, but I am frustrated at not being able to just copy them over.

Given that this is open source and that open source promises us the ability to "see" into a program such that we could theoretically make changes ourselves it is even more frustrating that I have spent hours and hours trying to find out information about what Evolution does under the hood without any success at all. Short of downloading the code and learning to read through it to find out where it does what there must be some documentation somewhere that would document these things. But I have found none.

I need to be able to copy things over manually without going into Evolution itself since being able to do that will allow me to quickly copy Evolution setting for future clients that, like me, find themselves needed to migrate Evolution from one hard disk to another or other similar thing. By creating scripts to do that. Quickly and painlessly.

Not only that but knowing where Evolution keeps things will enable me to include whatever files it uses in my backup strategy.

Any insight anyone might have on this would be appreciated. Especially if anyone can point me to a web page that would detail these things so that I wouldn't have to piece things together from various things shared with me on forums and lists.


Old 03-14-2005, 12:04 AM   #2
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I have the same problem!

Did you find a solution? I find myself in exactly the same situation right now. I had a relatively complex mail setup, and I'm not sure how long it'd take to rebuild...


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