Re: [Evolution] Evolution and roaming

On 01/28/2011 08:23 PM, Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
On Fri, 2011-01-28 at 19:04 -0600, Jim Sabatke wrote:
- I would like to have the Windows laptop run Evolution, but access
the mail files on the Linux box.  I am doing that currently
         with Thunderbird.
Is this via e.g. Samba or are you manually copying files around?
Yes, I'm using Samba, and it was quite an adventure following conflicting HOWTOs in getting it setup.
      -  When I take the Windows laptop away from my home network, where
it can't access the Evolution mail files,
         I would like it to store the new messages on the laptop until I
return home.  Then I would like to merge the newer
         Windows mail messages with the Linux mail.

Can this be done?
The short answer is that I have no experience whatever with Evo under
Windows, so I don't know what you would have to do to synchronize local
copies of mail directly. However, see below.

I have very little experience with Windows myself, so all of this is a bit new to me.
As I said earlier, using IMAP for your mail makes it easier. I can think
of at least two ways:

1) Use a public or ISP-hosted IMAP server, and just connect to it from
both machines. (You can configure either or both instances of Evo to
keep local copies of mail if you like, but in this scenario it's not
really necessary unless you also want disconnected access to your mail.)
The server acts as a master copy so there's no need to explicitly synch
between your two machines. Even if your current mail accounts are
POP-based, you can use a free Gmail account to import mail from them
periodically, then access Gmail via IMAP. I do something like this for
one of my accounts.
I'm going to set it up this way. Thanks. I haven't worked with IMAP in years and it didn't occur to me.


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