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    Convert Evolution to Thunderbird

    I've backed up my emails using the Evolution "backup". I'm trying to get Thunderbird to import those, but when I run Thunderbird, the First Run screen offers to "Import Everything" but then freezes. Anybody got a clue?
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    Re: Convert Evolution to Thunderbird

    check out this thread,
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1861558

    talks about using the add-in, 'ImportExportTools', rather than the built-in importer

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    Re: Convert Evolution to Thunderbird

    Mr. bsmith1051

    Thanks, that's a step in the right direction. I installed the ImportExportTool or Tools (I've forgotten the exact name).

    Upon calling (pulling the Tools Menu down, finding Import/Export) and selecting the option, I saw what you will see on the attached screenshot.

    My problem is that the backed-up Evolution file ends in .tar.gz and the Thunderbird "Choose the Import Way" windows DOESN'T recognize the .tar.gz.

    Beyond that I have no clue as to what to do next, but when this gets straightened out I'm gonna write up a brief HOW TO. ... cause this bites - not knowing what to do.
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    Re: Convert Evolution to Thunderbird

    I did it manually, but in 10.10 IIRC. I think Evolution has changed its file format so it may not work anymore.
    This is roughly the process I used:

    http://maketecheasier.com/how-to-mig...pid/2008/12/04

    It took me a few attempts to get it right & it worked in the end. I didn't use the calendar & tasks so that wasn't an issue for me.

    Good luck

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    Re: Convert Evolution to Thunderbird

    I looked for the Inbox, Sent, Trash and such, but there are not in my .evolution folder.

    thank you for the help. I am not going to pursue this at this time. It taking WAY too long to do emails.
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