Bug 836814 - Basic local address book functions broken ("Unable to open address book")
Basic local address book functions broken ("Unable to open address book")
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: evolution (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Matthew Barnes
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2012-07-01 12:54 EDT by James
Modified: 2012-07-02 04:52 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2012-07-02 04:00:46 EDT
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2012-07-01 12:54 EDT, James
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GNOME Bugzilla 679245 None None None 2012-07-02 04:00:46 EDT

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Description James 2012-07-01 12:54:22 EDT
Created attachment 595548 [details]
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Description of problem:
The Evolution address book is unable to perform basic functions (adding contacts, adding/removing other address books) with local address books.

In most cases, address book operations fail with a message to the effect that the address book "cannot be opened. Please check the path <path in ~/.local/share/evolution/addressbook> exists" etc. The file mentioned does not exist, not is it created by evolution at shutdown.

Example 1: Adding a new contact.

1. Create a new user account to ensure a clean start.
2. Start up Evolution. Follow the wizard with dummy e-mail account settings.
3. Go to the Address Book view.
4. Click to add a new Contact in the Personal address book.

This just fails silently.

Example 2: Adding a new address book.

1. Add a new address book: give it a name, click to create it.
2. Click on the new address book. Note the red banner error message.
   (Screenshot attached.)
3. Attempt to delete this unusable address book by right-clicking on it
   and selecting delete.

This fails with a nondescript "unable to comply" message.

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Comment 1 Milan Crha 2012-07-02 04:00:46 EDT
Thanks for a bug report. I can reproduce this too and I moved this upstream
as [1]. Please see [1] for any further updates. If possible, please CC yourself there, in case upstream developers will have additional questions.

[1] https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=679245
Comment 2 Milan Crha 2012-07-02 04:52:01 EDT
There is a workaround, you can create the folder for evolution-data-server, which can be done with a command like this:
   $ mkdir -p -m 0700 ~/.local/share/evolution/addressbook/xxx

The actual path depends on the error message shown in evolution.

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