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    Thunderbird in ubuntu

    Hi.

    I'm running Thunderbird 15.0.1.

    Today, I found I could not search for some emails though I KNOW they are there.
    (I have 1 login but 15 or so email accounts)


    I googled & found that some people say to delete the *.MSF files, & your messages will re-index. (we're using IMAP)

    QUESTION :- I'm old-school with Windows. & if I searched for *.mdf in windows, I'll get a list of all the files along with the directory info.

    If I use Nautilus, & search *.msf, I get a blank screen - Nothing happens.

    Q1:- How do I search all *.msf files in Nautilus ?

    Q2. Is there an internal process within Thunderbird that I can tell it to re-index / rebuild the index for 1email account ? Or do i need to go to nautilus & find the msf file & delete it ?


    (I'll delete / rebuild 1 a day)

    PS - is deleting *.msf files the best thing ? - How do we suggest it as an in-built function (1 click, & it re-builds the index)
    Last edited by Gordonisnz; October 9th, 2012 at 01:46 PM.

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    Re: Thunderbird in ubuntu

    The Nautilus search feature apparently doesn't support wild card characters such as '*'. You could search for ".msf".

    Or within Thunderbird:

    right-click on folder >> Properties... >> General Information >> Repair Folder

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    Re: Thunderbird in ubuntu

    Changed lubuntu prefix to ubuntu.

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    Re: Thunderbird in ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave_L View Post
    The Nautilus search feature apparently doesn't support wild card characters such as '*'. You could search for ".msf".

    Or within Thunderbird:

    right-click on folder >> Properties... >> General Information >> Repair Folder

    What if an email account has 20-30-50 folders ?

    do I have to repair each / every folder ? Or an entire account ?

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    Re: Thunderbird in ubuntu

    I couldn't find a way of repairing multiple folders within Thunderbird, so in that case I would backup and then delete the .msf files in /home/---/.thunderbird using Nautilus or the command shell. Exit from Thunderbird while doing this.

    This is assuming that the search issue is caused by faulty .msf files.

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