Not getting reminders/alarms for birthdays/anniversaries/appointments

Bug #912506 reported by William T. Lowther on 2012-01-05
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
evolution (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I am using Evolution 2.28.3 which was installed with Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.
When I execute 'apt-cache policy evolution', I get 'evolution: Installed: 2.28.3-0ubuntu10.3'

In my contacts, I have entered birthdays and anniversaries. These events show on the Birthday & Anniversary calendar. In my efforts to get the reminders to work, I also added some of these events to the Personal calendar. In Edit/preferences/alarms, I have both calendars checked, and have tried "Display alarms in notification area only" checked and unchecked.
I am still not getting any reminders/alarms/sound/pop-up/notification/etc.
I have noticed that Evo calendar on the left side has the dates for these events in italics, and that the date/time applet has these dates in bold font (neither of which is very noticeable - a change in font color would be better).
Also, when I open an event in the personal calendar and make it "all day" and save, then open again, the changes are not saved.
Lastly, since I have not seen a reminder, where is the "notification area"?
Besides the calendar "reminders, et al" I would also like to have an email sent to me. What do I need to do to get these to work?

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.04
Package: evolution 2.28.3-0ubuntu10.3
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.32-37.81-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.32-37-generic i686
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
Architecture: i386
Date: Thu Jan 5 15:33:42 2012
SourcePackage: evolution

William T. Lowther (624wtl) wrote :
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in evolution (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Edmund (zedsoft) wrote :

I installed Ubuntu 12-04 LTS (beta) to check if a later version of evolution solved this.
Unfortunately no! one time I got a pop-up for a birthday, and it was gone by the next
I like the look and feel of evolution and very much like this potential very useful option fixed.

In the an very old evolution ( that comes with ubuntu 10-04 ) I got the birthday reminders
working a little. A pop-up showed up briefly when the exact time -for instance- 14 days,
BEFORE a birthday. After that it disappeared again, that cannot be the intention, the reminder
must stay there until the day of an event is passed or even manually checked out.


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