Software Development with Linux

I m not dead Including two Evolution tips

SAT, 01 MAY 2010

Yes, I am not dead.  I've got a good explanation for why I've not posted in the last 3 weeks, but that's not an excuse.  I know that I should have posted sooner.  I've got only myself to blame for this.  But hey, things happens!

Now, I didn't wanted to simply rant.  So, here is two tips for Evolution, which is a great e-mail clients for Linux.

How to read local system mail (from exim4) using Evolution :


  1. Add a new account

  2. Enter your real name and your local e-mail address (username@hostname)

  3. Click Forward

  4. For the Server Type select "Local delivery"

  5. For the Path, browse and choose the file "/var/mail/<username>"

  6. Click Forward

  7. If you want to, check the "Check new mail every..." option and set the desired interval

  8. Click Forward

  9. For the Server Type select "Sandmail"

  10. Click Forward

  11. Set an appropriate account name

  12. Click Forward

  13. Click Apply


How to use the Global Address List for an Exchange mail account in Evolution :

First, let's get the Active Directory server name.
smbclient -U <exchange user name> -L //<some windows box name/
From the output, you'll get a list of machine, and at the end, a list of Workgroups.  Look in the list of Workgroups, find you're Workgroup name in the left column, and note the master server name associated with it (the right column).

Then, let's setup the Global Address List in the Exchange account in evolution :


  1. In the Edit menu, select Preferences

  2. In Mail Accounts section, select your exchange account and click Edit

  3. In the "Receiving Options" tabs, set Global Catalog server name to "<master server>".  You may need to add your "domainname.com" at the end of the master's name, depending on how you are resolving windows names.

  4. Check Limit number of GAL responses

  5. Click OK

  6. In the Contacts section, check the Global Address List under your exchange account entry


I personally always forget how to get the Global Catalog server name (aka Active Directory server), so now I will know how to get that information again.

I hope that you'll found those tips useful.  And I promise to post more often, as before, from now on.