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I would like to backup my email that I have already downloaded and stored in Evolution. I know there is an option in Evolution to backup your Evolution settings but how can you backup your mail accounts and mail.

Thank you.

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You can create a backup by clicking File->Backup settings... in Evolution this will save you data and configuration.

Manually you should run evolution –force-shutdown first to make sure evolution is not using the files.

Then you can Backup:

  • ~/.evolution (this saves your data)
  • ~/.gconf/apps/evolution (and this your configuration)
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I see the option File > Backup Settings. But does this not just backup the application preferences etc. or will it backup my mail as well? – Stephen Judge Nov 7 '10 at 10:50
The backup function in Evolution will backup everything: mail, calendar, notes. If you have multiple e-mail accounts as well. How mention c001os (except passwords). – i.raynov Nov 7 '10 at 10:59
Cool I'm happy with that :-) – Stephen Judge Nov 7 '10 at 11:07
Just be warned, by everything it means everything. So if you have a large mail history such as on Gmail it will backup all of that too. Even with Compression my backup is about 2GB. It's a shame that there isn't a configuration only option. – Adam Nov 8 '10 at 13:42

The easiest way to backup all of your Evolution is to backup the (hidden) evolution folder in your home directory:

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The simpliest way is go to File>Backup data (or something else). That will create an /home/yout_username/evolution-backup.tar.gz. This is the backup file with everything (except passwords).

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