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Magnus101
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[SOLVED] Thunderbird transfer from win problem.

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I have tried to transfer the profiles from my windows thunderbird installation to the mint istall.
That is, copying the profile from the windows path to the .thunderbird folder in the home directory.
Tried to copy the content of the differently named profile (the random numerical value name) to the inside of the profile folder of linux.
Didn't work!
Also tried a tips from another thread where I kept the original windows profile folder name and created a profiles.ini textfile which was as follows:
[General]
StartWithLastProfile=1
[Profile0]
Name=default
IsRelative=1
Path=lr2r5wtc.default

Didn't work either!

And finally theres the import option inside thunderbird, but when using that there is nothing to import from, just an empty field is visible under "Import from".

Isn't thunderbird supposed to be cross compatible?
I mean, I even saw that it was possible to create a symbolic link to the ntfs folder where the windows profiles were. Tried that too but that didn't work either...
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Re: Thunderbird transfer from win problem.

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hi. go to : http://www.freeemailtutorials.com/mozil ... estore.cwd
hope it wil help
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Re: Thunderbird transfer from win problem.

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Hi,

May we know what path are you actually copying over?

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Re: Thunderbird transfer from win problem.

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Roger Marquis wrote:hi. go to : http://www.freeemailtutorials.com/mozil ... estore.cwd
hope it wil help
regards
Thanks!
Gonna try that Mozbackup program that is linked on that page!
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Re: Thunderbird transfer from win problem.

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Magnus101 wrote:
Roger Marquis wrote:hi. go to : http://www.freeemailtutorials.com/mozil ... estore.cwd
hope it wil help
regards
Thanks!
Gonna try that Mozbackup program that is linked on that page!
But not availbale Linux version...
No able to import.
...
Where is a Linux or Mac OS X version?
Sorry, no versions for Linux and Mac OS X. I don't have plans for doing these versions.
...

Hmmm

/Ani
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Re: Thunderbird transfer from win problem.

Post by Roger Marquis »

Sory about that i saw the penguin and i assumed it was for us.

Can you restore directly the mail directory from windows to mint?

Linux is my only operating system (5 years now) and MS is soo far away now.
Also. check if you can import your mail directory with another linux program like: evolution or kmail and then from there to thunderbird.

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Try this by Peter Upfold

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http://fosswire.com/post/2008/03/migrate-your-thunderbird-emails-from-windows-to-linux/
I have done it as root on terminal. It works for me.

/Ani
ps. this howto is old, but still working
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Re: Thunderbird transfer from win problem.

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Aniquibobo wrote:Try this by Peter Upfold

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http://fosswire.com/post/2008/03/migrate-your-thunderbird-emails-from-windows-to-linux/
I have done it as root on terminal. It works for me.

/Ani
ps. this howto is old, but still working
That was exactly the guide I was folowing in the first place, but it didn't work for me.

Also tried to use the same directory as in the windows installation by using a symbolic link (as one of the posters in the comments secton to that article showed) and that didn't work either.

I'm wondering if it is a question about incompatabilites between the actual thunderbird client versions.
In windows it is on 3.1x and in linux it is on 3.0x.

Have too many mail accounts and millions of filter rules that I just don't have the patience to set up again.
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Hi

Now i made more testing...testing...
It also works if you don't do it as "root".
Info:
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Image

Do you get “Thunderbird is already running…..” ??
/Ani
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Re: Thunderbird transfer from win problem.

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This is what I do to transfer TBird from Windows to Linux ( or from one Linux to another ):

(1) Rename the existing files in /home/altair/.mozilla-thunderbird/
From:
xxxxxxx.default to xxxxxxx.defaultOLD
profiles.ini to profiles.iniOLD

(2) Copy the following from your windows: Documents and Settings/User_Name/Application Data/Thunderbird
Profiles
profiles.ini
To: /home/altair/.mozilla-thunderbird/

(3) Change ownership and permissions on the copied Profiles Folder

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sudo chown -R altair:altair /home/altair/.mozilla-thunderbird/Profiles
sudo chmod -R 755 /home/altair/.mozilla-thunderbird/Profiles
Start TBird - it will take a while while it resets everything.
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altair4 wrote:This is what I do to transfer TBird from Windows to Linux ( or from one Linux to another ):

(1) Rename the existing files in /home/altair/.mozilla-thunderbird/
From:
xxxxxxx.default to xxxxxxx.defaultOLD
profiles.ini to profiles.iniOLD

(2) Copy the following from your windows: Documents and Settings/User_Name/Application Data/Thunderbird
Profiles
profiles.ini
To: /home/altair/.mozilla-thunderbird/

(3) Change ownership and permissions on the copied Profiles Folder

Code: Select all

sudo chown -R altair:altair /home/altair/.mozilla-thunderbird/Profiles
sudo chmod -R 755 /home/altair/.mozilla-thunderbird/Profiles
Start TBird - it will take a while while it resets everything.
It didn't work!
The path in windows is not the same for me. Had to do a search for profiles and got loads of results with folders. One of them was for thunderbird and it was, strangely enough, in ProgramData/Thunderbird instead of Application Data/Thunderbird.
There was nothing in the latter path!
I wonder if the profile path in Windows that I found is the right one, the "mail" folder inside the profile doesn't contain any mail at all, but it contains a bunch of other files.

At the same time I also saw that there was a profile for seamonkey, which I tested a while ago in windows. Shouldn't matter, but I remember it has integrated e-mail in some way(thinking about that it could mess things up).
And, of course I substituted your username(altair) for mine when writing the paths in Mint.

Everytime when I start thunderbird, it just starts a "Mail account setup" dialog.
By the way, I use Vista 7 ultimate with a Swedish language pack (it it matters)...
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Re: Thunderbird transfer from win problem.

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Finally!

I found out the problem.
I opened the windows profiles.ini file and it looked like this:

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[General]
StartWithLastProfile=1

[Profile0]
Name=default
IsRelative=0
Path=G:\thunderbird xp profil\Profiles\sc7plbsv.default\Profiles\sc7plbsv.default
Evidently I had set my own path in the past where I shrared a profile with an older Win XP (used in a dualboot)installation when migrating to windows 7. :D
The old Xp is gone now, but the path remains.
Now everything works, as it should!
Funny thing that thunderbird doesn't have any export/import settings bulit into the application itself. And that you can't directly set/view the path for the profile from within thunderbird.
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