Accessing Novell Groupwise from Ubuntu, Mint, etc

We use Groupwise at work, and up until recently Groupwise support was available in Evolution. I don’t know why it was dropped, but it’s fairly easy to reinstate it again if you’re prepared to build from source.

These are the steps I used to build it on two Linux Mint installations, although it should work on Ubuntu and Debian too.

Edit /etc/apt/sources.list and ensure you have deb-src equivalents for all your main, universe and multiverse repositories

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libedata-book1.2-dev libedata-cal1.2-dev evolution-dev libdb5.1-dev libcamel1.2-dev
sudo apt-build dep evolution

All being well, a big bunch of build dependencies will be installed

cd ~/src/
git clone
git checkout -b 3.2.0-patch EVOLUTION_GROUPWISE_3_2_0
# This is the patch for the SOAP port bug
git cherry-pick 3aae80f55d5fd565274f19210564e74d5350a66c

All being well, ./ will finish and tell you to run make to compile it.

make ; sudo make install

Now, the makefile doesn’t seem to copy over some UI elements, which means the Proxy login feature destroys Evolution if you try to use it. A quick workaround is to copy them from your source tree to your system.

sudo cp src/plugins/*.ui /usr/share/evolution/3.2/ui/

Kill any existing Evolution components…

ps waux | grep -i evolutio[n] | awk {'print $2'} | xargs kill -9

Run evolution from the command line


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