Friday, September 30, 2011

20 Must Read HOWTOs and Guides for Linux

If your a Linux user who enjoys learning new things, I recommend taking a look at the following 20 must read HOW TOs and Guides I’ve gathered over the years. These documents are vital to both new and old Linux users…

20 Must Read HOWTOs and Guides for Linux

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Restoring your Evolution configuration

I regularly reformat my laptop. I do this when the latest Ubuntu release has major changes, such as the KDE4 upgrade and moving to ext4. I also do it after a change (or failure) of hard drive. This last time was the first time since switching to Evolution as my mail client. Imagine my surprise when I learned that just copying ~/.evolution wasn’t enough.

In fact, it seemed to do nothing at all except copy my local mail folders. None of my email accounts were configured, or my settings. It turns out that all of the important settings are stored in gconf, everybody’s favourite bad-idea-from-Windows. The solution was simple:

cd /path/to/backup/directory
killall /usr/lib/libgconf2-4/gconfd-2
rsync -av --delete .evolution/ ~tyler/.evolution/
rsync -av --delete .gconf/apps/evolution/ ~/.gconf/apps/evolution/

That restored everything, including settings.

Now if only the Thunderbird people would develop a decent addressbook editor (it really is a pig of late-90′s design), I could move.

Restoring your Evolution configuration from backup