On Mon, 2009-07-20 at 11:21 -0400, Kevin Boyce wrote:
> I am new to the mailing list.  I apologize if this is the wrong place
> to ask such a question.
> I've configured my evolution account to work with my company's
> exchange global address list, and that appears to work OK.
> However, often the GAL server goes offline.  I would like to make an
> offline copy of the GAL to my local computer so that I don't depend on
> the server too much. 
> Is there a way I can get a dump of the address book and copy it
> locally?
> I tried doing an "Advanced Search" based on email address containing
> "@mydomian.com" but it says that the backend refused to process the
> search.
> I was hoping I could select all the contacts in the resulting search
> and drag and drop them to another location.
> Any help on the above matter would be appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Kevin 

it's usually better to use evolution-list, than the evolution-hackers
list, as this is more user-related question than anything about code.

Anyway, since 2.23.90 (I guess based on the time of patches commit from
bug [1]) you can setup your GAL to be browseable (in account
preferences), then with limits large enough you should be able to see
all your contacts. Either drag&drop them, or even better right click
over the GAL address book and choose "Save as vCard", and then import
this resulting vCard file to your local address book.

Your way of doing this might work too, though, just do not use advanced
search, (it doesn't seem to be usable with GAL in general) but use just
a simple search on the Name Contains, and choose some very common
latter, like "a" or similar. Though the browsing method with large
enough limit is more appropriate.

        Hope that helps,

[1] http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=324203

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