[sf-lug] evolution problem on ubuntu 12.04.2

jim jim at well.com
Thu Jul 25 22:50:07 PDT 2013



    I've used Evolution's New Folder feature 
to create an ornate directory tree to classify 
my various emails. Under /home/.../local_mbox/ 
I see the Inbox.sbd/ and my own Z.sbd/ (below 
which is my ornate tree). 
    At this point, panic and fear had blasted 
away at least my confidence in recollecting 
the structure I had using the 10.04 system. 

    My thanks to you and Rick and Maestro and 
Bobbie.... 




On Thu, 2013-07-25 at 09:39 -0700, Ken Shaffer wrote:
> Jim, my 12.04.2 evolution 3.2.3 has a slightly different structure.
> The path to my mail files is not ...local, but ...local_mbox,
> 
> and no further subdirectories are present, just the files.  Of course,
> maybe something I did in the past to change things, but 
> 
> looks like you bumped into some old documentation.  (...local is
> present, but contains other stuff, mail files eventually, but not in
> 
> folders like "Sent" , but "cur", "new", and "tmp").
> 
> 
> .local/share/evolution/mail/local_mbox
> Sent
> Sent.cmeta
> Sent.ibex.index
> Sent.ibex.index.data
> 
> 
> Good Luck
> 
> Ken
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> On Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 7:20 PM, jim <jim at well.com> wrote:
>         
>         
>         Thank you, Rick. I'm sitting here at Noisebridge
>         (for the Wednesday evening 6 to 8 PM Linux
>         Discussion Group). Maestro found some different
>         page that had the same info. God bless you both.
>         More thanks,
>         jim
>         
>         
>         
>         On Wed, 2013-07-24 at 19:07 -0700, Rick Moen wrote:
>         > Quoting Jim Stockford (jim at systemateka.com):
>         >
>         > >
>         > >
>         > >     Yesterday I upgraded from Ubuntu 10.04 to
>         > > Ubuntu 12.04.2 and have problems.
>         > >     Most important to me is my email. On the
>         > > 10.04 host I had about 7GB in a fairly complex
>         > > directory tree. On the 12.04 host Evolution
>         > > presents my email in the directories I recall,
>         > > but it reports an error every time I send email:
>         > >
>         > > Failed to append to
>         > > mbox:///home/jim/.local/share/evolution/mail/local#Sent:
>         Invalid folder
>         >
>         > Looked for that on the Evolution FAQ, and lo!
>         >
>         >
>         https://wiki.gnome.org/Evolution/FAQ#Error_message_.22Failed_to_append_to....22_after_sending_message
>         >
>         >   Error message "Failed to append to..." after sending
>         message
>         >
>         >   If the error message "Your message was sent, but an error
>         occurred
>         >   during post-processing. The reported error was "Failed to
>         append to
>         >   mbox:///home/user/.local/share/evolution/mail/local#Sent:
>         Cannot get
>         >   folder 'Sent': folder does not exist. Appending to local
>         'Sent' folder
>         >   instead."." is shown, you can fix the problem by editing
>         your default
>         >   folder settings:
>         >
>         >   Edit > Preferences > Mail Accounts > Edit > Defaults >
>         Folder for sent
>         >   messages.
>         >
>         >   This bug is fixed in Evolution versions higher than 3.0.2
>         (stable
>         >   series) and 3.1.3 (unstable development series). If this
>         is not the
>         >   case, please add a comment to the corresponding bug
>         report.
>         >
>         > That's a bit vague, but probably means that Evolution has
>         misremembered
>         > the correct directory path or something like that.
>         >
>         >
>         >
>         > Also:
>         >
>         > At the command line, go to
>         ~/.local/share/evolution/mail/local ahd look
>         > around.  According to
>         >
>         https://wiki.gnome.org/Evolution/FAQ#Where_does_Evolution_store_my_data.3F
>         > , Evolution should have a bunch of subdirs under
>         > ~/.local/share/evolution/mail/local .  Each such subdir is
>         parsed as an
>         > Evolution 'folder' of the same name.  There should be in
>         each subdir a
>         > number of mail-metadata files and one big ASCII file named
>         the same as
>         > the subdir itself.
>         >
>         > So, for example, if there's supposed to be an Evolution
>         'folder' called
>         > Sent, then there should be a
>         ~/.local/share/evolution/mail/local/Sent/
>         > subdir, containing:
>         >
>         > Sent
>         > Sent.cmeta
>         > Sent.ev-summary
>         > Sent.ev-summary-meta
>         > Sent.ibex.index
>         > Sent.ibex.index.data
>         > Sent.sbd
>         >
>         > In that example, file 'Sent' would be the mbox file.  You
>         could check
>         > that by looking at it using the mutt mailer (but quit
>         Evolution first),
>         > opened read-only, to see if it's a valid mbox:
>         >
>         > mutt -R -f ~/.local/share/evolution/mail/local/Sent/Sent
>         >
>         > That is often my first concern:  Making sure all the mbox
>         data are still
>         > there.  (That and your address box are the crown jewels.
>          Anything else
>         > can be thrown away and rebuilt.)  In fact, were it I, I'd
>         make a safety
>         > backup of those.
>         >
>         >
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