Re: [Evolution] Evolution performance

Hello Adam -

Thanks for the advise.  

Answering your earlier question, yes there is about 500meg, I think,  in local mail (inbox) and at least that 
much more in folders.  The Inbox is of course under "On this computer", but so are all of the folders.  I'm 
not sure if that's part of the problem or not.

I can't tell for sure if 3.6.4 is mbox or maildir.  I've looked for documentation and haven't been able to 
figure that out yet.  I think it's maildir.  And I'm honestly not sure what the steps would be to migrate 
from mbox to maildir.

I have tried a few of your suggestions; purging the .cashe and also emptying the trash but there didn't 
appear to be performance impact.

I did try a different tack; I installed Mint17 on Vituralbox, installed Evolution (rev 3.10.4, migrated my 
wife's mail data to that and saw a big improvement.  But there are major differences in her architecture and 
mine.  I have much faster CPU and a SSD drive.  So, I think my plan is this.... get her on a an upgraded OS, 
install the new Evolution and see if that helps.  If not, put in an SSD, and then upgrade the CPU if needed.  
Does that make sense?



On Mon, 26 May 2014 15:50:14 -0400
Adam Tauno Williams <awilliam whitemice org> wrote:

On Mon, 2014-05-26 at 10:28 -0400, Reid Vail wrote:
Hello group- 
I have a performance question:
My wife is running ubuntu 13.04 with Evolution 3.6.4 and it seems to
me that it takes a long time to load; about 30 seconds from start to
She does have quite a lot of data.  Using the Evolution backup tool
the compressed file is about 1gig.  Her machine is not stellar but
should be sufficient.  She has a standard 7200-rpm drive and a AMD
Athlon II X3 processor.  When I watch on the system monitor the CPU
isn't working that hard, memory is fine, but the HD light is on solid
until software and data load.
Does this seem right?

Does she have lots of local mail?  [as in: downloaded from POP

At some point Evolution changed from using [by default] MBox format for
local mail to Maildir - I do not recall what version that was - but that
can result in a big performance improvement as with MBox every folder is
one file [all messages in a single file].  If you can either upgrade or
just move her local accounts to Maildir that might help.

Another thing to try is to just purge the cache
[~/.cache/evolution/mail/ in current versions; I don't know what 3.6.x
used, there is a wiki pages about versions and their data directories].

A third thing is that while many applications use sqlite many did not
[or do not] vacuum their databases which results in slow performance and
file bloat.  These are the files that end in
".db" [find .local/share/evolution -name *.db]. See
<>  I do not believe this is a 
problem with current versions of evolution; but 3.6.x is *old*.

Adam Tauno Williams <mailto:awilliam whitemice org> GPG D95ED383
Systems Administrator, Python Developer, LPI / NCLA

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