Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 836814
Basic local address book functions broken ("Unable to open address book")
Last modified: 2012-07-02 04:52:01 EDT
Created attachment 595548 [details]
Screenshot for example 2
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.
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.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Thanks for a bug report. I can reproduce this too and I moved this upstream
as . Please see  for any further updates. If possible, please CC yourself there, in case upstream developers will have additional questions.
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.