I installed Ubuntu 11.10 One year ago and I stayed with it since I like the launcher behavior and it continues to make me happy without any problems.
I stop using my computer for almost one month and now each time I launch Thunderbird the application hang for 2/3 minutes with a lots of hard drive access.
I think this might be related to the SQLite and search engine re-index after an eavy IMAP load.
But my reflexion is more from a user view.
I don't want to wait at Thunderbird startup but I don't care to wait on messages search.
First of all : How can I purge my thunderbird so it won't take long at startup ?
How can we make Thunderbird stay calm so that other user won't have this bug again ?
The first thing I tried is configuration :
How could I see what's going on with my hard drive ?
I installed iotop that give me this informations :
I would really like to switch over to Thunderbird from Evolution. I have had a look around and haven't found a good up to date how to for migrating. I have quite a lot of emails and filters and would like to make the transition as painless as possible.
thanks for any help.
Ubuntu <= 11.04
This is a perfect how to, very easy ... you can follow, it has
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Ubuntu >= 11.10
Exporting calendar data
To export a complete calendar, right-click on the calendar in the list of calendars and click Save as. Available formats are iCalendar format (ICS, recommended), comma separated values (CSV), and RDF format.
If you want to export only one appointment, right-click on the appointment and click Save as iCalendar....
or you can install this package from Ubuntu repository:
sudo apt-get install xul-ext-lightning version the same (1.0~b7)
sudo apt-get install xul-ext-lightning
Manage your daily schedule directly within Thunderbird. Allows managing calendars locally or subscribing to network calendars.
Lightning 1.0b7 supports Thunderbird 7.
exporting contacts data
Contacts files are stored in a database, but can be saved as a vCard file.
To export a complete address book, click File ▸ Save Address Book As vCard.
If you want to export only one contact, click File ▸ Save as vCard or right-click on the contact and click Save as vCard.
contact data (vCard or .vcf)
Some address book programs use a vCard format, which cannot be imported directly by Thunderbird. You can import both vCard and vcf using the third-party Thunderbird extension MoreFunctionsForAddressBook.
Exporting mail data
To save an email to a file in mbox format, select an email and click File ▸ Save as mbox... or right-click on the message and click Save as mbox....
The same steps apply to save a complete mail folder, but you have to mark all messages in it first.
You can select all messages in a folder by clicking Edit ▸ Select All or pressing Ctrl+A.
Adds some tools to import and export folders and messages
mail data .mbox
in Evolution, click on the Task tab. Right click on the Personal (or whatever name you give to your task list) and select Save to disk. Navigate to the location and save the task list in .ics format.
P.D : All these are tested by my and work 100%
Try this website for instructions: http://support.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/kb/switching-thunderbird?s=migrating+from+evolution+to+thunderbird&as=s
I quote from that document regarding mail:
Open ~/.local/share/evolution/mail/local which is where Evolution store your mails.
Copy all the file without extension (such as Inbox, Outbox,..) into the emplacement used by Thunderbird to store its mail (something like ~/.thunderbird/uk41lql0.default/Mail/Local Folders, where you need to adapt uk41lql0.default to your own installation).
Launch Thunderbird to check that all your mail have been correctly imported.
There are also intructions there for migrating contacts (address books). I didn't use Evolution's calendar, or Lightning, and don't know how to migrate it.
For another take on the process(es), take a look at Moving on to Thunderbird. This was a switch from Evolution to Thunderbird under Ubuntu 10.04, done fairly recently (January, 2010). Note that only the message folders and address book needed to be transferred (i.e. calendar, task, etc. were not in use). Using Version 10.10 rather than 10.04 shouldn't be any different. See the above-noted blog post and a number of the subsequent ones for the whole story...
Are you willing to export the mail from Evolution to GMail, then have Thunderbird download it from GMail? This URL discusses this:
I think, that is a quite simple thing. I suggest you this tutorial.