Evolution mail unstable, please switch to Thunderbird for the next release...

K V vale.kenny at gmail.com
Thu Jul 8 20:02:59 UTC 2010

I'm sorry to say, as awesome as Evolution could be, I too get frequent
crashes and freezes.  Same scenario, with one SIGNIFICANT exception - I am
forced to use the Exchange MAPI plugin to synchronize with the central IT
Exchange 2007 server.  Yes, I have to use MAPI, because our division relies
heavily on Outlook's calendaring and scheduling tools, along with interfaces
to Sharepoint (shudder - I have to maintain it).  So, yes, I do have to have
MAPI.  Unfortunately, the client hangs at least a couple of times an hour or
requires a restart to enable mailbox synchronisation so I can re-enter my
password because for some reason the password is not being authenticated..
actually, I'll give a brief synopsis:
Upon first opening Evolution, I usually have to enter my password.. no big
deal..  things generally sync just fine.
After a brief time, if I try and open mail, I receive a notice to the effect
that Evolution cannot retrieve the message from the mail server
If I tell it to resynch, I get an error that Evolution cannot retrieve
At this point, I can do one of two things.. go into the configuration system
and tell Evolution to reauthenticate me from my account area
I can close evolution and reload it, which usually works for a few minutes.

In short, the situation really, completely stinks.
So, now I'm forced to use Outlook over an rdesktop connection, which is
pretty much a pain in the arse, as I'm sure you can imagine.  I would LOVE
to have an email client that will reliably connect with Exchange 2007 and
not have it come from Microsoft.


On Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 3:46 PM, J <dreadpiratejeff at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 12:52, Dotan Cohen <dotancohen at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On 8 July 2010 17:07, J <dreadpiratejeff at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> None of these leave behind any clues in logs or elsewhere that I've
> >> been able to find.  The only reason I haven't dumped Evolution so far
> >> is that I'm too busy at the moment to take the time to install
> >> Thunderbird or some other mail client and configure it to match my
> >> current setup.
> >>
> >
> > Backtraces?
> As I said, none of these leave behind any clues in logs or elsewhere
> that I've been able to find.  That means no traces, no cores, no bad
> log messages, nothing.
> Also, looking at Launchpad and searching for the words "crash" or
> "hang" in Evolution reports gives me a total of 117 open bugs (in some
> stage of Open).  Going over to Gnome.org and looking through their bug
> list, the word "crash" returns 493 bugs and "hang" returns 511 bugs.
> So 1000 open bugs for Evolution (that use the words "crash" or "hang")
> over at gnome.org...
> It would be nice if a hang (which is what I see more frequently) would
> generate a backtrace, but hangs usually do not.  A frozen application
> can't generate that kind of report.
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