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How can I retrieve Evolution's address book from an old install?

I used the backup/restore feature of Evolution after an upgrade, but the restore was giving me problems so I had to wipe out the .evolution folders and start over.

How can I get hold of my old address book from the original .evolution folder? The files are in the .db format, and I can't import them from within evolution.

I tried deleting the current address book folder (/.local/share/evolution/addressbook) and replacing it with the original folder, but the address book does not get loaded by Evolution.

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You need to kill evolution server before copying the old files.

You can open Gnome System Monitor and kill e-addressbook-factory.

After that, delete current address book and copy the new files. There are two evolution folders: .local/share/evolution and .local/config/evolution, I'm not sure if you need to move both (that's what I did).

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thanks, it was enough to replace the addressbook folder in .local/share/evolution –  geoffrey Mar 5 '12 at 7:44
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If that does not work, you can find an alternative solution in this posting -- which even allows you to import single addresses from an old .db file (not the new SQLite format).

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After upgrading from 10.04 to 12.04.1 via internet, only Personal addressbook was usable all the other 5 gave error messages about incorrect URI . So I tried the first remedy above but then got no better. Decided to rebuild my other address books from emails received.

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