Re: [Evolution] Evolution stopped opening HTML email

On Mon, 2013-10-28 at 15:48 -0500, Mike Lanier wrote:
Account is local

Version is 3.8.4

Please don't top post here.

On Mon, 2013-10-28 at 15:18 -0500, Mike wrote:
This started happening a few weeks ago. At first it was intermittent
now it happens every time. Usually causes Evolution to freeze and / or
close. Sometimes new window will say "opening" and then a message
number with same result. Had to change my settings to "open plain text
if present".

Check on things like loading images from the net - there are three
settings and for testing it is probably best to set it to not load any
images from the net.  The other two settings can cause things to grind
to a halt - not only from trying to retrieve images, but also trying to
retrieve contact details if you have it set to only retrieving images
for known contacts.

Also Evolution seems to take a while to open, 10 to 15 seconds.

You should run Evo from the command line to see if any errors are being
reported.  If there is nothing obvious there, try following some of the
debugging tips at

I do have a large amount of email stored. A tar.gz backup file is 1.7
GB. Something is telling me that is causing both problems. Is there a
way I can archive certain folders?

Possibly create a new local account within Evo - you'll have to setup
the Maildir format within a new directory - i.e. something like

   mkdir ~/MailArchive
   cd ~/MailArchive
   mkdir tmp cur new

then in Edit -> Preferences add a new account of type "Maildir-format
mail directories" and point the "Mail Directory" to ~/MailArchive.  You
will get a new folder tree in the left hand pane and you can then move
mail from your standard folders into that account.  Once you have
archived everything, disable that account in Preferences and Evolution
will not see your archived things.  Whenever you want to retrieve
anything, just re-enable the account in Preferences.


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