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i need to bring old TB v1 email files into  TB v3.
most files i copied from Mail/Local Folders to the new host Mail/Local Folders and they just worked.  but a few would not.

i thought it might be size, so i copied small pieces of the orig, but still on opening TB, the folders are empty.
i experimented with EOL, converting dos to unix, then unix to dos, no help.

working files in ImapMail seem to use pure unix EOL.  some working folders in Mail/Local Folders use either or both.

TB is version 3.0.7, old ver is 1.something.  running on mint linux.

any ideas would be appreciated.
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by:Marc Z
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Couple quick questions. Is this on the same machine, or are you moving the mail to a new machine?

Did you make a backup of the Profile folder before you tried migrating?

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by:prevostpilot
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i have the old disk in an old machine (suse 10), won't boot tho.  i'm using a live cd to mount the old disk and ssh'ing and scp'ing to a new machine (mint 9).  the old .thunderbird directory is intact.

in the past i've just copied the mail folders/dirs to a new dist, and it just works.  most of these did the same, just not the Sent directory and a couple others.

actually just the ones i'd consider "essential". of course.  :-)

tnx
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by:Marc Z
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yes, ok
my thought is for you to install the older version of TB on the machine, then upgrade 1 major version at a time AFTER getting your essential emails in TB 1 again.  I know each version does some cleanup and gets better as time goes on, but I don't think version 3 is set to look at version1 profile and just work (as you have already found out).


Darn, i'll have to look around to see if can find version 1 but here is version 2
http://www.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/thunderbird/all-older-2.0.html
 version 1 was phased out in 2008. this is gonna be tricky.  maybe you'll have better luck with 2 then upgrade to three.
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thanks for the quick reply -
yep. but even if i did find it, TBv3 only appears to import from communicator 4.  maybe theres another button somewhere besides tools->import that i missed.

interesting note i've found is that one file, RHN (some old red hat mail) seems to work perfectly by copying.  about half of it uses <CR><LF> as eol, last half just simple <LF>

one of the files that won't work, eol is just <LF>
my old Drafts file just seems to use <CR><LF>, but it also appears as empty in TBv3.
(i'm looking at them via xxd.)

so i've tried copying only one email out of each non-working file to a new file, and nothing of interest.  maybe i'm just not doing "just the right thing" somehow.  seems a good way to divide and conquer but...

there seems to be no diff other than that, really.  apart from size.

i'm open to suggestions.
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by:Marc Z
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here's the thing, you have a full Profile folder from version 1.0, correct? or did you only grab the Mail folders? hoping you grabbed
~/.mozilla/

if you have the full folder, opening TB 2 and Pointing it at that folder should theoretically work. you shouldn't have to Import, but here are a couple more pages to look at for  you.

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Moving_your_profile_folder#Firefox_Thunderbird_and_SeaMonkey_2
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_folder_-_Thunderbird
Linux and Unix

Profile folders are located here:

    * ~/.thunderbird/<Profile name>/

However, if you're using a third party build from Debian or Ubuntu, those builds store your profile folder here:

    * ~/.mozilla-thunderbird<Profile name>.

Both are hidden folders. See this article for more information. To show hidden files in Nautilus (Gnome desktop's default file browser), choose "View -> Show Hidden Files".

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_Manager#Accessing_the_Profile_Manager
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AH HA! found it.
see http://getsatisfaction.com/mozilla_messaging/topics/import_old_tb_email_folders_and_contents

its in x-mozilla-status

it would be interesting to know what all the diff numbers mean tho.
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by:prevostpilot
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it would be useful to award at least some (if not all) the pts to mtz1of4 for helping, tho.
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by:Marc Z
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Hey, I'm just glad you figured it out. That's a pretty decent resource, I personally prefer mozillazines forums, cause they are easier for me to search ad research quickly. http://forums.mozillazine.org/

but t.m.thibault got you the right answer, so points to him.

But I will give you more link.
http://www.eyrich-net.org/mozilla/X-Mozilla-Status.html?en
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