Prevent Evolution from accidentally moving a mailfolder

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
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Working on a trackpad and trying to open a mailfolder in Evolution.
Sometimes the targeted folder is accidentally moved instead of opened and dropped into another folder.
The expectation is that Evolution asks the user before moving a folder.


Actually asking the user is the default, but may accidentally have been set to "always".
Here's how the behaviour can be reset, using "gsettings". There are other methods, like "dconf" editor or even in the Evolution settings, for the sake of simplicity only gsettings is used here.

Read current setting:
foobar@linux-kea6:~> gsettings get org.gnome.evolution.mail prompt-on-folder-drop-move

Set back to "ask":
foobar@linux-kea6:~> gsettings set org.gnome.evolution.mail prompt-on-folder-drop-move ask
Verify the change:
foobar@linux-kea6:~> gsettings get org.gnome.evolution.mail prompt-on-folder-drop-move

After setting "prompt-on-folder-drop-move" key to "ask" Evolution will ask the user before moving the folder.

"gsettings" is the program used to change  dconf settings in Gnome
"org.gnome.evolution.mail" is the path inside dconf to find the desired key
"prompt-on-folder-drop-move"  is the key controlling the behaviour upon moving a mail folder in evolution

Note that there are other keys which control how Evolution behaves. These can be listed with:

foobar@linux-kea6:~> gsettings list-keys org.gnome.evolution.mail

See manpage of gsettings, please .


Actually asking the user is the default in Evolution, but may accidentally have been set to "always" or even "never".


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  • Document ID:000020878
  • Creation Date: 29-Nov-2022
  • Modified Date:30-Nov-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop

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