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    Default Failure migrating Firefox and Thunderbird from openSUSE 11.2 to 11.3

    Hi there,

    to get my system from 11.2 to 11.3, I made a clean, new install instead of an upgrade. (I also used the opportunity to change to a new, bigger harddrive.)

    I installed Mozilla Thunderbird from the repositories and (using the root account) tried to replace the automatic entry in .thunderbird with my own cryptic-named folder which I copied in from external storage. I changed the target name in the profiles.ini to my folder's name. (I also made sure that although "root" did the copying, my main user is still the owner of all folders and files.)
    Same procedure for Firefox (except for the installation part).

    I made the same kind of copying for the OpenOffice "user"-folder and Office came up with all my individual settings.

    But both Firefox and Thunderbird gave a failure notice, telling that "the program is already running, but does not react. In order to open a new window, you need to shutdown the existing process or restart your computer."
    (Original German: "Thunderbird wird bereits ausgefhrt, reagiert aber nicht. Um ein neues Fenster ffnen zu knnen, mssen Sie zuerst den bestehenden Thunderbird-Prozess beenden oder ihren Computer neu starten.")

    I restarted the computer several times, but to no avail.
    Has anyone had similar problems?
    Has anyone a fix or a recommendation?
    (Obviously, I would hate to loose all my emails, settings and bookmarks.)

    (A similar (or the same) bug was reported two years ago, but it seems that no solution was reached [see ]Thunderbird lt sich nicht mehr starten - linuxforen.de -- User helfen Usern.)

    Thanks for reading!

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    Default Re: Failure migrating Firefox and Thunderbird from openSUSE 11.2 to 11.3

    I went from 11.1 to 11.3

    I simply deleted the .mozilla and .thunderbird directories after I installed thunderbird from /home/flamebait and dropped my old .mozilla and .thunderbird directories in their place.
    You could just rename those to .mozillanew and .thunderbirdnew insted of deleting them.

    This may be the wrong way to do it but it worked for me.
    Tumbleweed

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    Default Re: Failure migrating Firefox and Thunderbird from openSUSE 11.2 to 11.3

    Why are you logging into root? This is not advised, and isn't necessary to transfer your files.

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    Default Re: Failure migrating Firefox and Thunderbird from openSUSE 11.2 to 11.3

    I am pretty sure he meant he installed Thunderbird as root. It's hard to install software if you are not root.

    One thing I left out that I set my new user id to the same value as it was on the previous install. If they doesn't match you will not be able to access your old .mozilla and .thunderbird files.
    This setting is accessed from YAST.
    Tumbleweed

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    Default Re: Failure migrating Firefox and Thunderbird from openSUSE 11.2 to 11.3

    Quote Originally Posted by FlameBait View Post
    I am pretty sure he meant he installed Thunderbird as root. It's hard to install software if you are not root.
    It doesn't sound like that here:

    I also made sure that although "root" did the copying, my main user is still the owner of all folders and files.
    There may be permissions problems in the profiles.

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    Default Re: Failure migrating Firefox and Thunderbird from openSUSE 11.2 to 11.3

    You are right. My bad. If there were ownership problems he would have needed to be root.
    Which I think will be solved if he matches the user id of his new install and old install.
    Tumbleweed

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    Default Re: Failure migrating Firefox and Thunderbird from openSUSE 11.2 to 11.3

    He simply needs to copy the files over in his new user account. Ownership of the copied files will be transfered over. As long as he has read permission, nothing else is necessary.

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    Default Re: Failure migrating Firefox and Thunderbird from openSUSE 11.2 to 11.3

    Quote Originally Posted by chief_sealth View Post
    He simply needs to copy the files over in his new user account. Ownership of the copied files will be transfered over.
    If the old files have a user id of 500 and new install has a user id of 1000 those files are not his.
    I have encounted this problem.
    Tumbleweed

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    Default Re: Failure migrating Firefox and Thunderbird from openSUSE 11.2 to 11.3

    If foo is owned by uid 1001, and uid 1000 copies this to ~/bar, the copy in ~/bar will be owned by uid 1000. Test this.

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    Default Re: Failure migrating Firefox and Thunderbird from openSUSE 11.2 to 11.3

    "...to get my system from 11.2 to 11.3, I made a clean, new install instead of an upgrade."

    The User ID on one install of openSUSE with the same user name on a new install of openSUSE can end up wiht two different User Ids. This happend to me. Until I figured it out with some help from the forums I had permission problems.

    If old user Foo has a User ID of 500 and the new User Foo has a User ID of 1000 User Foo with a User ID of 1000 can't access user Foo with an User ID of 500's files. This happened to me.
    If you are trying to tell me this didn't happen to me you are mistaken since it did. The User ID must match not just the User Name.
    Tumbleweed

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