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The following articles refer to running Evolution on Linux distributions.

Where reference is made to opening the Configuration Editor (from here known as ConfigEd) press Alt+F2 then type gconf-editor then either press Enter/Return or Run.

Calendars: Adding Google

In the 'Calendar' module click 'New' and select 'Calendar'

From the 'Type' options select 'Google'

Give it a name, which need not be the same as it is called on Google, then select a colour for it.

Enter your Google username, this normally being your email address at Google or one you used to sign up with.

Select the interval time to refresh the calendar.

Then click the 'Retrieve List' button.

You will be asked for the password to your Google account, enter it and click 'OK'

Now you will have in the 'Calendars' you will have all of the Google calendars you have access to listed select the one you want and click 'OK'.

You will have to do this this for each Google calendar you want to view in Evolution.

Contacts: Adding Google

  1. Click on 'Contacts'
  2. Click 'File --> New --> Address Book'.
  3. Change the 'Type' to Google, give it a name, enter your username (just the bit before the @), and select SSL if wanted.
  4. Click Apply,

Folders To Backup

Experimental - seeing if I can use a service such as Ubuntu One to sync Evolution across machines.

/home/%username%/.cache/evolution
/home/%username%/.config/evolution
/home/%username%/.gconf/apps/evolution
/home/%username%/.local/share/evolution

Junk Messages Folder - Moving To IMAP

Spam/junk messages by default in Evolution are saved to the 'Junk' folder in 'On This Computer' and not to a folder on the IMAP server. This will happen for all IMAP email accounts set up. If your mail server is set up to learn from messages placed in to a particular spam/junk folder you will need to to change the default behaviour:


Edit --> 'Preferences' --> 'Mail Accounts' --> 'Account Name' (highlight) --> 'Edit' --> 'Defaults' (tab) --> (click to the right of) 'Junk Folder'

Now either browse to the folder you want to use or you can create a new folder then --> (click) 'OK' --> (click) 'OK' --> (click) 'Close'

Removing Configuration

If your configuration gets corrupted you will need to undertake the following proceedure:

Linux Terminal:~$

rm -rf ~/.evolution
rm -rf ~/.gconf/apps/evolution
evolution --force-shutdown

Determine the process id for ‘gconfd’ and kill it:

Linux Terminal:~$

ps -ef|grep gconfd

The output should look similar to the following:

Linux Terminal:~$

yourusername 30515 1 0 13:24 ? 00:00:00 /usr/libexec/gconfd-2 12

Use the number shown after your username to kill the process:

Linux Terminal:~$

kill 30515

Sent Messages Folder - Moving To IMAP

Sent messages by default in Evolution are saved to the 'Sent' folder in 'On This Computer' and not to a folder on the IMAP server. This will happen for all IMAP email accounts set up. To change this behaviour:

Edit --> 'Preferences' --> 'Mail Accounts' --> 'Account Name' (highlight) --> 'Edit' --> 'Defaults' (tab) --> (click to the right of) 'Sent Message Folder'

Now either browse to the folder you want to use or you can create a new folder then --> (click) 'OK' --> (click) 'OK' --> (click) 'Close'

Signature Delimiter

The Signature Delimiter are the two hyphens shown by default above a signature, to turn it off/on open the ConfigEd and locate the entry:

/apps/evolution/mail/composer

Check or uncheck the key named:

no_signature_delim