Re: migrating old mail from thunderbird to icedove
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Kamaraju S Kusumanchi wrote:
> Couple of months back, the hard drive on one of my machines has gone bad.
> That machine used to run thunderbird (dont remember which version) and all
> my email was stored in /home/username/.mozilla-thunderbird . I copied the
> old /home partition (from backups) onto a new machine's /home/username.
> However when I run icedove now, it is not recognizing the fact that my
> email is stored in ~/.mozilla-thunderbird.
> The ~/.thunderbird directory is empty. The new machine runs Debian Etch
> (testing), icedove 184.108.40.206. I cannot recall the old machine's thunderbird
> version, but it was also running Etch.
> 1) What is the default location where icedove stores all its files? I looked
> at the man page of icedove, README.Debian.gz but none of them mention this.
> 2) Is there any way to tell icedove to migrate all the old emails to its
> newer (if any) default location?
> Any other suggestions/ideas on this issue are also welcome.
This is fixable. First, find the path that icedove is using for it's
mail. On my system it is .mozilla-thunderbird, but it might not be on
When you find the right directory, you'll see that there's a file inside
called profiles.ini You can edit that file and point Icedove to use any
directory. Take a look at my profiles.ini for an example.
See that my mail is stored in /media/share/Mail. Change that to
wherever you have the Mail folder and Icedove should see it.
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