Re: [Evolution] Migrating Evolution

On Mon, 2010-03-15 at 07:10 +0000, Steve T wrote:
On Sun, 2010-03-14 at 11:23 -0430, Patrick O'Callaghan wrote: 
On Sun, 2010-03-14 at 14:05 +0000, Steve T wrote:
On Sun, 2010-03-14 at 08:55 -0430, Patrick O'Callaghan wrote: 
On Sun, 2010-03-14 at 07:45 +0000, Steve T wrote:
On Sat, 2010-03-13 at 09:13 -0430, Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
On Sat, 2010-03-13 at 07:56 +0000, Steve T wrote:
Is there a standard way to migrate Evolution between different OSes?

I tend to use FC and have in the past simply copied the 'home' folders
( .evolution and .gconf from recollection) when I have moved up
version of Fedora. Is that the 'correct'/'recommended' way - or is
there some form of 'export' that should be done on the old OS that is
'imported' into the new?

I was always a bit concerned that simply copying files around may
'break' something that has changed in a new version of Evolution. 

Read the FAQ:


I had read that section - but I couldn't see  that that covered moving
between releases of Evolution. I am moving between say, FC4 and FC12 or
FC9 and FC12 and my concern was that maybe the underlying 'files' and
their structure may have changed between the releases - so just backing
up and restoring wouldn't work. But if that is the recommended way, then
that's fine. 

You didn't mention that you'd read it. Nevertheless, moving between
releases with large gaps, say F9 to F12 (note that since around F8 or so
Fedora is no longer designated "FC") means also changing Evo versions
with important changes. In particular, the 2.24 version of Evo
introduced a new indexing method based on SQL. It's supposed to be able
to do the conversion itself, but YMMV.


Sorry - so is simply backing up and restoring still the same way to

Perhaps I wasn't clear enough. The above FAQ is in answer to your
original question, which was "Is there a standard way to migrate
Evolution between different OSes?". If your home directory is preserved,
you don't need to do anything special other than upgrade the system.


No, it's me that's being woolly. 
I never tend to upgrade OSes on the same box (I don't install, say,
fc12 over the top of fc9 by using the upgrade option as I had heard of
problem with the upgrade option in the old days) - so my terminology
was off.
What I do is install the new OS fresh on a different box, then load up
all the stuff I use on that box (copying config etc from the old box)
and once I'm happy that everything is working ok, make that the 'main'
box. The old box then becomes a candidate for the next 'upgrade'.
So, presumably that would still be a 'back up and restore' type

As long as you copy everything while neither Evo nor Gconf are running
(see the FAQ answer) then you should be OK. The first time the new
version of Evo runs on the new machine it will do any required


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