This article was first written in April 2004 for the BeezNest technical website (http://glasnost.beeznest.org/articles/118)
Create the file /etc/evolution-beeznest-signature.skeleton and adapt it to your needs :
FULLNAME BeezNest Web: http://www.beeznest.net E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Create the file /etc/evolution-gconf-signature.skeleton :
<?xml version="1.0"?> <signature name="beeznest" format="text/plain"><filename>HOME/evolution/signatures/signature-0</filename></signature>
Use the following script, after creating the e-mail accounts.
#!/bin/bash # Execute as user to add a personalized signature to every Evolution e-mail account #set -x SIGN_SKEL=/etc/evolution-beeznest-signature.skeleton SIGN_GCONF_SKEL=/etc/evolution-gconf-signature.skeleton # Check that signature skeleton already exists if [ ! -r $SIGN_SKEL ]; then echo "No valid signature skeleton found in $SIGN_SKEL" exit 0 fi # Check that signature GConf skeleton already exists if [ ! -r $SIGN_SKEL ]; then echo "No valid signature GConf skeleton found in $SIGN_GCONF_SKEL" exit 0 fi # Check HOME environment variable if [ ! -z $HOME ]; then echo "\$HOME is not set!" exit 0 fi # Check default signature if [ -d ~/evolution ]; then mkdir -p ~/evolution/signatures else echo "~/evolution does not exist!" exit 0 fi # Get user's full name from system FULLNAME=`getent passwd | grep \`id -un\` | cut -f 5 -d: | sed -e "s/,/ /g"` sed -e "s/FULLNAME/$FULLNAME/g" $SIGN_SKEL > ~/evolution/signatures/signature-0 # Add GConf entry TEMPFILE=`mktemp` sed -e "s/HOME/$HOME/g" $SIGN_GCONF_SKEL > $TEMPFILE gconftool-2 --type list --list-type=string --set /apps/evolution/mail/signatures "[`cat $TEMPFILE`]" rm $TEMPFILE # Set as default for all accounts TEMPFILE=`mktemp` gconftool-2 --get /apps/evolution/mail/accounts | sed -s "s/default=\"-1\"/default=\"0\"/g" > $TEMPFILE gconftool-2 --type list --list-type=string --set /apps/evolution/mail/accounts "`cat $TEMPFILE`" rm $TEMPFILE
This article was first written in April 2004 for the BeezNest technical website (http://glasnost.beeznest.org/articles/116)
The configuration is stored in gconf under the namespace /apps/evolution/mail.
To list its content:
$ gconftool-2 --recursive-list /apps/evolution/mail
This article was first written in March 2004 for the BeezNest technical website (http://glasnost.beeznest.org/articles/113)
You have to be root to do this, so be careful .
Edit the file evolution-mail-message.xml in /usr/share/evolution/1.4/ui/ or /opt/gnome/share/evolution/1.4/ui/ (depending on your distribution).
Search for example for MessageReplyList and add/change the accel-key you want.
Restart GNOME for the change to take effect.
Note: this example has been obsoleted by version 1.4.6 of Evolution, which already include it.
This article was first written in February 2004 for the BeezNest technical website (http://glasnost.beeznest.org/articles/111)
To activate the spell-checker in Ximian Evolution (tested on Debian Sarge, but should apply to any Evolution 1.4.x and later), install the gnome-spell package and the aspell dictionaries matching the languages you want to use.
Then go in the Tools / Parameters / Composer / Spell-checking menu and activate the dictionaries ou want to use.
If one use the thread-sorting of e-mails, he may fall into the problem that Ximian/Novell Evolution does follow the In-Reply-To: header to understand that two mails are of the same thread.
To actually do it:
- shut down Evolution ( killev or evolution --force-shutdown , depending on the version)
- backup ~/evolution/config.xmldb (or the whole ~evolution directory)
- edit ~/evolution/config.xmldb and set thread_subject to 1 
 not RFC-compliant, of course
 this may give you other troubles, though, like in the case of automated e-mails continuously appearing at the end of your folder because the same subject is there
 should probably be better to use GConf to change this option, if possible
This article was first written in October 2003 for the BeezNest technical website (http://glasnost.beeznest.org/articles/82)
This article was first written in March 2004 for the BeezNest technical website (http://glasnost.beeznest.org/articles/112)
It is sometimes usefull to save the local (i.e. stored on your local hard-drive) addressbook of Ximian Evolution for backup or to use it elsewhere…
To do it, just save the following two files and you are safe:
~/evolution/local/Contacts/addressbook.db and ~/evolution/local/Contacts/addressbook.db.summary