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I have to reinstall Linux Mint 5.0 while retaining as many of my browser and email settings as possible. The swiftweasel bookmarks are easy, because, in my case, the .mozilla/swiftweasel/xxxx.default/bookmarks.html is simply a link to a genuine bookmarks.html file on a server, which means my other comps always have current bookmarks.
I want to keep the ~/.mozilla-thunderbird/xxxxx.default/Mail/* settings and inbox/outbox settings. I can't just re-install and quietly put the files back into the new directory, -that never works.
I also want to keep my address book, and browser cookies. Where are these things located? I'd like to get up to speed in saving this valuable information.
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You can copy/move the mail to a new location and probably the other settings too.
There is a good description in the Mozilla faq - google "move profiles firefox" and you get it in the top hits. I've used it several times
Address book and cookies are in the profiles as far as I know, but to move them is described too if my memory serves me right
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