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    Default Thunderbird - transfer to new OS

    openSUSE 13.2 64bit KDE 4.14.9

    I am slowly moving to Leap 42.1. I want to copy all necessary Thunderbird files from my 13.2 home directory. Normally I just copy the entire .thunderbird directory but over the years of version changes this has accumulated a lot of junk. What should I be copying?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Hi,

    I am not right now on my home machine, but if I remember correctly you just need to copy profile directory. Profile directory is defined in file ~/.thunderbird/profiles.ini

    Then on new installation you need to change the profiles.ini so that it matches name of your copied profile directory. Hope this helps.

    Here is link to another tutorial: http://askubuntu.com/questions/11401...derbird-emails

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    Every thing is in ~/.thunderbird

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    Quote Originally Posted by kacernator View Post
    Hi,

    I am not right now on my home machine, but if I remember correctly you just need to copy profile directory. Profile directory is defined in file ~/.thunderbird/profiles.ini

    Then on new installation you need to change the profiles.ini so that it matches name of your copied profile directory. Hope this helps.

    Here is link to another tutorial: http://askubuntu.com/questions/11401...derbird-emails
    Yes, but copying the xxxxxx.default directory as defined in profiles.ini results in all the junk files also being copied as they are under xxxxxx.default.

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    Delete files in Junk from inside Thunderbird before sending to new system. You can set Thunderbird to delete all Junk files on close down.
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    I'm sorry! I was unclear in my original post. I used the word "junk" instead of "old, useless, no longer needed files created internally by various versions of Thunderbird over a number of years." Files that are NOT E-mails. Databases I assume are no longer used.

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    Look at the date remove any that have not been touched for some time

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogalthorp View Post
    Look at the date remove any that have not been touched for some time
    Thank you. A good and easy solution.

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    Hehe why I get the big bucks

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogalthorp View Post
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