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    Default Thunderbird filter rules disappear

    Hi all,

    I'm running Thunderbird 3.0.6 on openSUSE 11.2 (x86_64). When I add a message filter rule, it disappears upon restart. This behavior is reproducible at all times.
    I suspected a write permission issue, but I checked permissions for the file msgFilterRules.dat and it is rwx for the owner.

    Any ideas? Thanks

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    Default Re: Thunderbird filter rules disappear

    checkfrogger wrote:
    > I suspected a write permission issue, but I checked permissions for the
    > file msgFilterRules.dat and it is rwx for the owner.
    >
    > Any ideas? Thanks


    it should not be executable! how did that happen??

    where is that file located?

    [it should be in the home directory of the user....if multiple users
    then each should have their own home and therefor own file..]

    probably something which begins like
    /home/[userID]/.thunderbird/[random].default/Mail/[something]/

    is that you case?

    if so, please fill in the exact path for this command and return the
    results here:

    ls -hal /home/[??/.thunderbird/[??].default/[??]msgFilterRules.dat

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    Default Re: Thunderbird filter rules disappear

    I checked the directories and something seems to be really messed up.
    My mail folders like Drafts, Inbox, etc. are in ~/email/Thunderbird (modification date is today, so these are the ones that are being used), which contains a file named msgFilterrules.dat, which is the one I checked.
    However, I also have the generic ~/.thunderbird/[??].default folder, where stuff like prefs.js is stored and which also contains a directory Mail with separate directories for each mail address. They all contain another msgFilterRules.dat - and here, the permissions of the directories were set as read-only. The whole mess worked smoothly except for the filters. Now I changed the permissions and it worked. Thanks for pointing me to the right direction!

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    Default Re: Thunderbird filter rules disappear

    well! you need to figure out how your structure got screwed up..

    you didn't happen to enable any factory or mozilla repos, did you?

    or, maybe logging into the gui as root and running thunderbird????

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    Default Re: Thunderbird filter rules disappear

    If I remember right, I chose my own mail directory (~/email/Thunderbird) several years ago, using a very old version of Thunderbird. Things were simple and I had just one mail account. Then the settings were taken over by several updates and I also added several new mail accounts. As a result, my personal data is split over two directories now - not really nice, but it works now. I cannot find an option in Thunderbird to change the mail storage directory though. It's really a bit strange, it seems that there is copy of all local mail folders in each directory associated with a different mail account...
    There are no factory or mozilla repos though.

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