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    Move from Evolution to Thunderbird

    Just changed from Evolution to Thunderbird 3.1.10. and wanted to share the steps taken.
    My platform: ubuntu 11.04 64-bit, desktop.

    Step 1.
    • Backup Evolution: Alt-f, Backup evolution settings...
    • Install Thunderbird from Ubuntu Sotware Center and setup Thunderbird with your mail account information. Close Thunderbird, after checking whether sending and receiving works.


    Step 2.
    Open evolution and move all sub-folders (dragging them) to the highest level. Before going to the next step make sure no sub-folders exist any more. Then close evolution.

    Step 3.
    • Open Nautilus.
    • Assure you are in your /home/yourname folder.
    • Press Control-h, now you see all hidden folders and files below your own folders, by example: .aptitude
    • Move to /home/yourname/.local/share/evolution/mail/local/Inbox.sbd
    • Press F3. This opens another panel in Nautilus.
    • In this panel goto /home/yourname/thunderbird/xxxxxxx.default/Mail/ServerName

    This servername you can find in Thunderbird account settings (Alt-e, a), go to Server Settings. Here you see the ServerName.

    Step 4.
    Copy only the "mailbox file" files from your Evolution "Inbox.sbd" folder to the Thunderbird "ServerName" folder. Do not copy the other files like xxx.cmeta, xxx.ibec.index, xxx.ibex.index.data etc.

    That's all.

    Open Thunderbird and you should find all your evolution mail in your folders. By dragging the folders you can recreate your evolution subfolder structure.

    Hope you like it

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    Re: Move from Evolution to Thunderbird

    Thanks for providing this useful info , it helped me to move over to thunderbird

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    Re: Move from Evolution to Thunderbird

    nice tutorial

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    Re: Move from Evolution to Thunderbird

    Thanks for the guide.

    I navigated to ../.local/share/evolution/mail/local but could not see the Inbox.sbd file, even after unhiding the files.

    For me, that folder contains: Cur, New, Temp, .Drafts, .Outbox, .Sent, .Templates, plus a number of .data, .cmeta and .index files. I can't see a corresponding .Inbox or any .sbd files.

    Where have I gone astray?

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    Re: Move from Evolution to Thunderbird

    It looks good - I shall try that. Well done Parker !
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    Re: Move from Evolution to Thunderbird

    Mega time saver. Thanks so much for sharing! I'd been dreading the upgrade b/c even though I wanted Thunderbird my accounts were deep in Evolution.
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    Re: Move from Evolution to Thunderbird

    Thanks buddy, enjoying thunderbird..
    "Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises"

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    Re: Move from Evolution to Thunderbird

    I am using Ubuntu 10.10 which ships with Evolution and is default mail client. I tried to remove Evolution and install Thunderbird, Thunderbird worked just fine, i enjoyed it. But without Evolution About Me wont work. Please advise.

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    Re: Move from Evolution to Thunderbird

    after moving to thunderbird, now how to uninstall evolution completely?
    Im using ubuntu 10.04 LTS

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    Re: Move from Evolution to Thunderbird

    Quote Originally Posted by Buster95 View Post
    Thanks for the guide.

    I navigated to ../.local/share/evolution/mail/local but could not see the Inbox.sbd file, even after unhiding the files.

    For me, that folder contains: Cur, New, Temp, .Drafts, .Outbox, .Sent, .Templates, plus a number of .data, .cmeta and .index files. I can't see a corresponding .Inbox or any .sbd files.

    Where have I gone astray?
    Same problem here. Using Mint 14.

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