Ximian Evolution


This document provides hints and tips for using the Evolution email Client.

Evolution is now owned by Novell.

Moving Data to Another Machine

Evolution (version 1.4.6) seems to store data in the following folders;

  • /home/me/.gconf/apps/evolution/
  • /home/me/.gconf/apps/gnome-settings/evolution/
  • /home/me/evolution/

Moving these files to the target machine should do the trick. Backup everything on the target machine beforehand in case of any failure.

Evolution (version 2.0.4) seems to store data in the following folders (the same as 1.4.6 but with ~/.evolution being hidden);

  • /home/me/.gconf/apps/evolution/
  • /home/me/.gconf/apps/gnome-settings/evolution/
  • /home/me/.evolution/

Version 2.0.4 will recognise and upgrade version 1.4.6 data.


Unable to open URL links

Version 2.0.4

If you cannot browse URL links in emails, you need to change the default browser settings in Gnome, even if you're not running Gnome.

Run gnome-default-applications-properties from within a terminal session. When the GUI pops-up, change the default web-browser appropriately, or select a custom command.

Under Debian 3.1 (Sarge), gnome-default-applications-properties is in the 'capplets' package. Other distributions may include it as part of the Gnome Control Centre.

No spell checking

Install the Gnome spell checker. Debian 3.1 (Sarge) or 4.0 (Etch) package 'gnome-spell'.

LDAP Setup

Version 2.0.4

When an LDAP setting has failed, you need to quit evolution and stop all evolution services before the configuration changes are recognised.

Running the following as the local user worked for me

  • ps aux | grep evolution | awk '{ print $2;}' | xargs kill



-- Frank Dean - 27 Sep 2005