Re: [Evolution] Migrating from Thunderbird via import without duplicates

Then what exactly is the use case for importing from Thunderbird as per [the manual](

As I have between 50 - 100 GB of mail to sync, with it all backed up locally, I'm happy to try to break things in an effort to avoid days if not weeks of re-syncing. Are there details on this process (warnings heeded) anywhere?

I have access to both the mail server and local machine for all but my gmail accounts. I'll test the process on less important demo accounts as well.

I guess I could copy my local backups to the evolution maildir, ssh into my mail server and rsync the maildirs. I'd hope it'd recognize there to be no need to resync and duplicate everything at that point, but maybe others have tried this with failure?

I have no idea how I'd approach this for the gmail accounts though as I can't rsync or ssh into the gmail server. Any hints in the right direction and I'm happy to tinker and break things! Thats why I have backups! :)

Best regards,

On 10/27/20 01:29, Milan Crha via evolution-list wrote:
On Tue, 2020-10-27 at 00:37 +0900, christopher via evolution-list
Is there any way of doing the above?
there basically isn't. Or it is, but it requires a lot of work, with
which it would be too easy to break internal things.

I suppose your server account is IMAP or any such, nothing stored
locally. Evolution (or better libcamel) stores a local copy of the
summary information (basically what you see in the message list) for
each folder of that account in some format, plus it stores also already
downloaded copies of the messages. Constructing the summary file from
an .mbox file is possible, but it's really complicated process and it
can break things. After all, those are private application data.

You'll be much safer letting Evolution to create the summary on its
own. Just add the remote account and that's all.

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