Approximately three months ago my Evolution (e-mail client) began automatically copying into my Trash folder everything I sent or forwarded, or to which I replied. The item would go out, but a copy of it would appear in the Trash file.
Now I have found these unwanted copies cannot be deleted from the Trash file. (Anything sent normally to Trash is deleted by the Empty Trash function; the material somehow automatically forwarded from my outbox cannot -- say again CANNOT -- be deleted by any means.)
As a consequence of this glitch, my Trash file is quickly filling to the point where eventually it will crash the entire Evolution system.
I cannot change email clients because I have well over 200 contacts in the Evolution address book and there is no way -- say again NO WAY -- to copy/paste this into another address book. It will have to be printed out, then typed into the new address book by hand, with all the associated (huge) potential for errors as I am a very poor typist.
Finally, after consulting with my niece, who is a computer engineer but is 3,000 miles distant, I am told my only option is to dump all of Gnome and reload it.
Alas, this will of course destroy every current file I have on this computer, not just in Evolution but in Open Office Word etc., a truly ruinous loss I see no way to avoid and thus obviously must accept in the interest of remaining online. (Yes I could copy the contents of my document file onto a flash drive but the process would literally take weeks of exactly the sort of clerical tedium I despise most and therefore do least well..)
Meanwhile, not only is reloading all of Gnome beyond my ability, the required process of formatting and burning disk(s) to receive the new Gnome download is also beyond my capability.