Re: [Evolution] how to move mails and configs to a new machine

Hi Pete, All, 

I am writing just to report I succeeded  to move my 9.5Gb mail archive
to my new machine. Thanks for your support.

Evo's internal Export did not work, most likely because I did not have
enough free space on the old machine. 
What did work was to mount by nfs the old <home> directory on the new
machine, and just to copy over two directories:
<home>/.config/evolution and <home>/.local/share/evolution.  To copy
the latter took more than one hour. Everything was preserved: mails,
folders, accounts, filters.

Before to copy, I did try to pkill Evolution on both machines, but I am
not sure it really matters. 


On Thu, 2016-03-24 at 15:32 +0000, Pete Biggs wrote:

I need to move my mails (several Gigas) and the different pieces of
configuration (accounts, filters, ..) to a new machine.  Clearly,
folder structure has to be preserved too.  Eventually everything
work as before. 

Which is the safer way to get that?

Old machine: Fedora 22, Evolution 3.16.5
New machine: Fedora 23, Evolution
I may access the old machine by nfs. 

There are a couple of ways.

You can create a backup tar file from the 'File' menu ("Back up
Evolution Data") and then restore it on the new machine.

Transferring your whole home directory will also transfer all the
Evolution data and settings - but that is only really useful if you
actually want all your home moved!  Make sure you aren't logged in to
your account when you move things (or it will get messy) - what I
to do is to copy your old home to something like '/home/user.old'
logout of your username, login as (say) root and do 'mv /home/user
/home/user.x ; mv /home/user.old /home/user'.  When you log back in
'user' everything will be there.

Finally you can selectively copy the relevant Evolution directories -
but that needs you to work out everything that is needed!


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