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    Default Restore evolution data from a previous version of openSuSE

    This is to request assistance or information as to why the evolution application will not accept the evolution-backup-tar.gz file from a previous version.

    Situation: I upgraded by way of a fresh install from openSuSE 11.2 to 11.3 (GNOME desktop).
    Before upgrading, I produced the above mentioned backup file so that I could import all the mail, addresses etc. into the new application.

    Result: it does not work. The process starts up seemingly normal but then simply sits there forever with the message "evolution shuts down" - but it does'nt. I have to kill it to stop it.

    I am looking forward to a resolution since it would be a real pity if I lost the mail history. Thank you in advance for reading this and for your reply.

    -hr

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    Default Re: Restore evolution data from a previous version of openSuSE

    Quote Originally Posted by ve3fd View Post
    This is to request assistance or information as to why the evolution application will not accept the evolution-backup-tar.gz file from a previous version.

    Situation: I upgraded by way of a fresh install from openSuSE 11.2 to 11.3 (GNOME desktop).
    Before upgrading, I produced the above mentioned backup file so that I could import all the mail, addresses etc. into the new application.

    Result: it does not work. The process starts up seemingly normal but then simply sits there forever with the message "evolution shuts down" - but it does'nt. I have to kill it to stop it.

    I am looking forward to a resolution since it would be a real pity if I lost the mail history. Thank you in advance for reading this and for your reply.

    -hr
    I am replying here to my own querry and to bring to bear further observations. I reinstalled SuSE 11.2 and imported the backup file. It worked fine. Not one piece of file contents - mail, addressbook, calendar - was missing.
    The back-up file was actually produced on a different momo (NVIDIA chipset) and yet it restored flawlessly using the new mobo (ATI chipset).
    [COLOR="rgb(0, 0, 0)"]Observation:[/COLOR] the evolution functionality of SuSE 11.3 is not backward compatible with that of SuSE 11.3, unless the different chipset matters. Why? This is a serious omission since important data of the mailer would get lost.

    I surely hope that there is a fix for that, else i have to consider not using v. 11.3.
    -hr

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    Default Re: Restore evolution data from a previous version of openSuSE

    It is not a missing backwards compatibility, it seems to be simply a bug
    that a process in evolution which should be stopped during recovery is not
    stopped and so it hangs forever. I see the same with making a backup in 11.3
    in evolution.

    Since the evolution backup file is just an archive with all the data in in
    you can also extract it and copy all the data into the appropriate evolution
    folders in your home directory (with evolution not running) then start
    evolution and your data is in the new system.


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    Default Re: Restore evolution data from a previous version of openSuSE

    Quote Originally Posted by martin_helm View Post
    It is not a missing backwards compatibility, it seems to be simply a bug
    that a process in evolution which should be stopped during recovery is not
    stopped and so it hangs forever. I see the same with making a backup in 11.3
    in evolution.

    Since the evolution backup file is just an archive with all the data in in
    you can also extract it and copy all the data into the appropriate evolution
    folders in your home directory (with evolution not running) then start
    evolution and your data is in the new system.


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    9600 GT | 4GB Ram
    openSUSE 11.3 64 bit | Intel Core2 Duo T9300@2.50GHz | Gnome 2.30 | Quadro
    FX 3600M | 4GB Ram
    Danke fuer die Rueckantwort, Martin.

    Your suggestion is well taken and I tried it with one of the folders. While the text of the message body imports quite nicely, imbedded data such as text tags and inline graphics do not.
    I have examined the mail archive and found that files with extensions .cmeta, .ibex.index, .ibex.index.data, per corresponding mail file, cannot be imported unless I am doing it incorrectly at which time I stand corrected.

    Given the above scenario, it is not the 'real mccoy' to proceed and as I said earlier I may just decide to stay with 11.2 until all the bugs are out of evolution. As a side observation, this evolution seems to have a flaky track record concerning bugs and early attention to it.

    Cheers,
    -hr

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    Default Re: Restore evolution data from a previous version of openSuSE

    ve3fd wrote:

    >
    > Given the above scenario, it is not the 'real mccoy' to proceed and as
    > I said earlier I may just decide to stay with 11.2 until all the bugs
    > are out of evolution. As a side observation, this evolution seems to
    > have a flaky track record concerning bugs and early attention to it.
    >

    I use the 2.30.2 from the gnome stable 2.30 repository since the 2.30.1 from
    the standard repository had some crashes.
    I had to import about 5 1/2 GB of emails from my old system into it but
    somehow I seem to miss a detail in describing it to you (essentially I did
    what I described to you: extract and put it to the right folders since
    restore did also hang for me).
    I really do not remember if there was an additional special step a had to
    make (my attachments are all available and also embedded graphics in the
    "imported" mails and there are a lot of them as you can see from the size >
    5 GB).
    Sorry to hear that it did not work for you.

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    FX 3600M | 4GB Ram


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    Default Re: Restore evolution data from a previous version of openSuSE

    Quote Originally Posted by martin_helm View Post
    ve3fd wrote:

    >
    > Given the above scenario, it is not the 'real mccoy' to proceed and as
    > I said earlier I may just decide to stay with 11.2 until all the bugs
    > are out of evolution. As a side observation, this evolution seems to
    > have a flaky track record concerning bugs and early attention to it.
    >

    I use the 2.30.2 from the gnome stable 2.30 repository since the 2.30.1 from
    the standard repository had some crashes.
    I had to import about 5 1/2 GB of emails from my old system into it but
    somehow I seem to miss a detail in describing it to you (essentially I did
    what I described to you: extract and put it to the right folders since
    restore did also hang for me).
    I really do not remember if there was an additional special step a had to
    make (my attachments are all available and also embedded graphics in the
    "imported" mails and there are a lot of them as you can see from the size >
    5 GB).
    Sorry to hear that it did not work for you.

    --
    openSUSE 11.2 64 bit | Intel Core2 Quad Q8300@2.50GHz | Gnome 2.28 | GeForce
    9600 GT | 4GB Ram
    openSUSE 11.3 64 bit | Intel Core2 Duo T9300@2.50GHz | Gnome 2.30 | Quadro
    FX 3600M | 4GB Ram
    Martin, I returned to use version 11.2 where Evolution works.
    I expended my budgeted time to resolve an issue which is not easily solvable at this time.

    There is more to life than playing with SuSE Linux. Here in Canada summer is at its end and I would like to bycicle more before the snow flies.
    So, take care and thanks for answering my request for assistance.

    BTW, I am originally from Germany.

    Cheers,
    -hr

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    Default Re: Restore evolution data from a previous version of openSuSE

    ve3fd wrote:


    > Martin, I returned to use version 11.2 where Evolution works.
    > I expended my budgeted time to resolve an issue which is not easily
    > solvable at this time.
    >
    > There is more to life than playing with SuSE Linux. Here in Canada
    > summer is at its end and I would like to bycicle more before the snow
    > flies.
    > So, take care and thanks for answering my request for assistance.
    >
    > BTW, I am originally from Germany.
    >
    > Cheers,
    > -hr
    >

    As you se on one machine I also use 11.2 (no real need to change). Have much
    fun with your bycicle.

    Viel Spaß und ein schönes Wochenende.

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    Default Re: Restore evolution data from a previous version of openSuSE

    This is an upstream bug. You will have to back up from the terminal instead.

    https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=610221

    Evolution/FAQ - GNOME Live!

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    Default Re: Restore evolution data from a previous version of openSuSE

    Hi.

    Is planned to fix this bug? Belated i can't create a gconftool-2 dump

    Regards

    Thilo

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