mouss wrote: > Lanny Marcus wrote: > If it's on imap, then forget about TB mbox files. the messages are on > the server (TB can cache messages, but you are not supposed to know how > it exactly does. so don't play this game). I now have the mbox files on my hard drive. I think that is the default with Evolution. I assume google backs up their gmail servers, but having a local copy, my own backup, is a plus. > just leave all mail on the server and use whatever client you want. > that's one of the benefits of imap. IMAP is what gmail recommends. > > most people use POP3, in which case messages are downloaded and stored > locally. Things are different with imap. the copies that the client > holds are only for performances and you are not supposed to use them. So far, Thunderbird seems to be stable and solid, no issues like with Evolution, so I will probably migrate my primary email account to Thunderbird, within the next few days. Thanks you for your help!