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    Re: Best e-mail archive tool

    Quote Originally Posted by KeyserSoze93 View Post
    On your old system, run:

    Code:
    tar czvf thunderbird_backup.tar.gz ~/.thunderbird
    Then copy thunderbird_backup.tar.gz to a USB stick or whatever you're using to store your files during your reinstall.

    On your new system, drop it into your home folder and run:

    Code:
    mv .thunderbird thunderbird_old
    
    tar xvf thunderbird_backup.tar.gz
    The mv command is only necessary if you've opened thunderbird already on the new machine, since we don't want any new settings to interfere with the old profile.

    When you next start thunderbird you should get all your old stuff just like nothing's changed.
    Many thanks. Is there a similar way to transfer bookmarks and stored passwords from Mozilla Firefox?

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    Re: Best e-mail archive tool

    Code:
    tar -pczf myfirefox.tar.gz ~/.mozilla
    or

    Ctrl+Shift+O in Firefox > Import and Backup > Export HTML > /path/to/backup/bookmarks.html

    I suggest both.

    Ya know none of this would be an issue if you had a separate /home partition?
    Something to ponder during the "next" install or reformat.
    Earache, my eye.

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    Re: Best e-mail archive tool

    Many thanks. How do I go about creating a separate /home partition?

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    Re: Best e-mail archive tool

    To create a separate /home partition during install select manual configure for partitions. You will need to create at least a 10 - 20 gig / (root) partition. than create a separate partition for /home, you should make this as large as possible.
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    Re: Best e-mail archive tool

    Quote Originally Posted by Habitual View Post
    Code:
    tar -pczf myfirefox.tar.gz ~/.mozilla
    or

    Ctrl+Shift+O in Firefox > Import and Backup > Export HTML > /path/to/backup/bookmarks.html

    I suggest both.

    Ya know none of this would be an issue if you had a separate /home partition?
    Something to ponder during the "next" install or reformat.

    My outcome from the code:
    jan@jan-desktop:~$ tar -pczf myfirefox.tar.gz ~/.mozilla
    tar: Removing leading `/' from member names
    jan@jan-desktop:~$

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    Re: Best e-mail archive tool

    Originally Posted by KeyserSoze93
    On your old system, run:

    Code:
    tar czvf thunderbird_backup.tar.gz ~/.thunderbird
    Then copy thunderbird_backup.tar.gz to a USB stick or whatever you're using to store your files during your reinstall.

    On your new system, drop it into your home folder and run:

    Code:
    mv .thunderbird thunderbird_old

    tar xvf thunderbird_backup.tar.gz
    The mv command is only necessary if you've opened thunderbird already on the new machine, since we don't want any new settings to interfere with the old profile.

    When you next start thunderbird you should get all your old stuff just like nothing's changed.


    Tried this, everything seemed to work fine, all the files showed up in the terminal on the new system, but when I started Thunderbird there was a fresh new version with nothing in it at all.
    Last edited by Jan Greeff; June 30th, 2011 at 04:50 PM. Reason: To make my reply more visible

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    Re: Best e-mail archive tool

    Tried this, everything seemed to work fine, I could even see all the folders in the terminal on the new system, but when I opened Thunderbird it was a new, clean version with not even mailbox configs.

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    Re: Best e-mail archive tool

    Code:
    mv .thunderbird_old .thunderbird
    to restore your previous Tbird settings.
    Earache, my eye.

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    Re: Best e-mail archive tool

    Tried this, here is the outcome:

    jan@jan-System-Product-Name:~$ mv .thunderbird_old .thunderbird
    mv: cannot stat `.thunderbird_old': No such file or directory
    jan@jan-System-Product-Name:~$

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