Evolution: Summary and folder mismatch, even after a sync
Quick Answer: Delete any related file ending in “.ev-summary” in the ~/.evolution/mail/local/ folder. Make sure Evolution is closed before you do this.
Rant: Here’s my ordeal with this horrible error, at least to a noob in linux, like myself. I couldn’t figure out why I was getting this error. When I opened Evolution I would get a pop-up saying “Summary and folder mismatch, even after a sync”. I thought it was my mail stored on my server, I have 4 pop accounts and I ended up deleting all the old emails 500+ each (Yeah I’m a pack rat). It was literally driving me crazy because it wanted to redownload ALL my old emails.
Well after all that foolishness I finally figured out the solution. Most sites I visited stated the same solution to the problem, go into the ~/.evolution/mail/local/ and delete any file that had .ev-summary relating to the pop-up error. So; if your inbox was giving you the problem then you would delete Inbox.ev-summary.
My problem was even after I deleted that file I was still getting the issue. After a couple days of pulling my hair out of my head… Finally I ended up looking at the directory through gnome-terminal and I saw an extra file that’s not visible in a GUI file browser. It ended witha tilda (~), Inbox.ev-summary~.
I’ve noticed in linux that any file ending with a tilda is treated like a backup file, it’s also hidden to the naked eye.
Once I removed that file – everything was back to status quo. What a trip! I’ve been on forums, mailing lists – you name it. I haven’t properly checked my mail in Evolution within the past couple days. I’m glad that’s all over with! Linux rocks!