[sylpheed:31855] Re: Moving mail to new machine

Bob White bob at bob-white.com
Mon Oct 22 05:19:06 JST 2007

On Sun, 21 Oct 2007 10:42:48 -0700
John Jason Jordan <johnxj at comcast.net> wrote:

> On Sun, 21 Oct 2007 10:11:48 -0600
> Bob White <bob at bob-white.com> wrote:
> > On Sun, 21 Oct 2007 01:01:46 -0700
> > John Jason Jordan <johnxj at comcast.net> wrote:
> > > However, it did not help. I still cannot read or write to the
> > > mailboxes. I don't think it has anything to do with permissions. I
> > > think Sylpheed is looking for the mailboxes in the wrong folder.
> > > But I can't find any setting that lets me indicate a location for
> > > the mailboxes folder.
> > The folder is set in the menu item File -> Mailbox -> Add Mailbox
> > 
> > Put the proper folder in the text box and if that's the problem, you
> > should be in business.
> Bob,
> Thanks, that helped. Now I can get and send mail. However, there are
> two problems remaining:
> 1) Before telling it where the mailboxes folder was I tried Rebuild
> Folder Tree. That was a mistake! All my saved e-mails and the folders
> they were in disappeared! However, I think the list of folders was only
> from a config file somewhere, because none of the e-mails that were
> saved in any of the folders could be viewed. Luckily, the original
> folders, files and configuration files are still on the old partition,
> plus I backed up the entire ~/ folder to DVDs the other day, so I can
> start over.
> 2) When I did File > Mailbox > Add Mailbox, I noted that in ~/ I have
> one labeled /Mailboxes and one labeled /Mail. I chose ~/Mailboxes, and
> it created a whole new hierarchy, but did not restore the missing
> folders and the e-mails saved in them. The computer is Ubuntu Gutsy
> amd64. I think it automatically installs Evolution, and one of those
> folders may be for Evolution. As far as I know, you don't have to use
> Evolution, but it cannot be deleted because it is part of Gnome or
> something.
> Getting closer! 


If you copy your .sylpheed-2.0 directory and the complete Mail
directory to your new system and get the ownership set correctly, you
shouldn't have to do anything but run Sylpheed.  All of the original
mail folders with their contents should just show up.  That has been my
experience in the past anyway.  I just tested this by copying my Mail
folder and .sylpheed-2.0 to a different user on my machine.  I then
logged in as the other user, ran Sylpheed, and everything was there.

I'm using Ubuntu 7.10 and using the Synaptic package manager it didn't
appear to be a problem to just delete evolution.  Selecting
evolution-common for deletion also selected evolution,
evolution-plugins, and evolution-exchange.  I'm not sure what Gnome uses
it for that might be broken though.

Bob W.

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