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Nazly Ahmed

Nazly Ahmed

Web Developer. PHP Addict. Wordpress Hacker. FOSS Enthusiast. (Micro)Blogger. Photo Hobbyist. Cricket Fanatic. Husband. Dad.

Due to the unavailability of proprietary drivers for my VGA card since Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron), I have been using Hardy as I couldn’t give up on working with dual screens. Though I tried upgrading when ever there was a new release, I had to revert back since neither proprietary driver nor out of the box support was available. As of late I was desperate for an upgrade and decided to work at least with a single screen and installed Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat). But to my amusement the dual screen support was available out of the box and with the help of Mili, I was able to set it up and I’m one happy fellow since yesterday.

The upgrade was somewhat smooth, I was expecting some minor glitches since there is a quite a big difference between both releases. I installed a fresh copy of Ubuntu 10.10 mounting my previous /home partition to restore my settings and data profiles. Unfortunately my emails and settings were missing on Mozilla Thunderbird.

While I browsed through the hidden folders .mozilla-thunderbird and .thunderbird existed on my /home partition. Bit of googling revealed that version 2 of Thunderbird used the .mozilla-thunderbird folder to store profile info while version 3 uses .thunderbird folder.

Getting the emails and setting back to Thunderbird is quite easy. Just followed these steps..

  • Close the running Mozilla Thunderbird application.
  • Take a back up of .mozilla-thunderbird folder, just in case if something goes wrong.
  • On the terminal run the following command
    thunderbird -profilemanager
  • Delete the default profile. (In the pop-up window I clicked Don’t Delete Files. Yet deleting the files won’t do any harm since this is a fresh installation.)
  • Click ‘Create Profile’ and give the new profile a name. eg: ‘default’.
  • The important part is to click “Choose Folder” and specify the path to the existing Email folder under .mozilla-thunderbird
  • Click Finish.
  • Click ‘Start Thunderbird’ and you will have all your emails and settings.

That’s it..!!

Posted on 1st March 2011 13:39:01