Can't get Thunderbird folders in Ubuntu

Discussion in 'HOWTO-Related Questions' started by bharkins, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. bharkins

    bharkins New Member

    I have followed the detailed How To tutorial regarding exporting Thunderbird data from Windows and importing into Ubuntu. After editing the profiles.ini with the new default profile, I opened Thunderbird but no changes were made to the mail folders or address book. In Vista, the folders were imported correctly from Outlook. Please advise.
     
  2. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    What's the output of
    Code:
    ls -la ~/.mozilla-thunderbird/
    (you must run this as your desktop user)?
    What's in ~/.mozilla-thunderbird/profiles.ini?
     
  3. bharkins

    bharkins New Member

    Results:

    [email protected]:~$ ls -la ~/.mozilla-thunderbird/
    total 16
    drwx------ 3 bill bill 4096 2008-04-08 17:03 .
    drwxr-xr-x 43 bill bill 4096 2008-04-11 10:14 ..
    drwx------ 4 bill bill 4096 2008-04-08 17:38 3hk4utrq.default
    -rw-r--r-- 1 bill bill 117 2008-04-08 16:47 profiles.ini
    [email protected]:~$

    Profiles.ini:

    [General]
    StartWithLastProfile=1

    [Profile0]
    Name=default
    IsRelative=1
    #Path=36q73oen.default
    Path=3hk4utrq.default

    Any further help greatly appreciated.
     
  4. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    Not sure if this is the problem, but can you try
    Code:
    chmod 755 ~/.mozilla-thunderbird/3hk4utrq.default
    ?
     
  5. bharkins

    bharkins New Member

    Tried the command, but didn't do the job (just goes back to the normal terminal prompt). I may be doing something erroneously. Tomorrow, I will go through the entire exercise including reinstalling T-bird in Vista, reimporting from Outlook, reinstalling T-bird in Ubuntu and giving your procedure another try. I only need to import the mail folders - I only have about 60 regular addresses in the address book and I can manually input those. Depending what happens, I'll report back.
     
  6. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    That'S what it's supposed to do. :) Do you see your messages/settings/etc. now in Thunderbird?
     
  7. bharkins

    bharkins New Member

    I do not. I reinstalled everything, followed your tutorial to the letter, but all I get is the bare bones folders showing in T-bird after changing the profiles.ini to the imported profiles in Outlook. I am using Outlook 2007 - would that make a difference? Do you think Evolution would work better with your guide for importing to that app?
     
  8. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    No, not if you can import the messages to your Windows' Thunderbird.
    I think it might be a permissions problem.

    Can you post the outputs of
    Code:
    ls -la ~/.mozilla-thunderbird/
    and
    Code:
    ls -la ~/.mozilla-thunderbird/3hk4utrq.default
    again?
     
  9. bharkins

    bharkins New Member

    Here they are again:

    [email protected]:~$ ls -la ~/.mozilla-thunderbird/
    total 20
    drwx------ 3 bill bill 4096 2008-04-15 13:01 .
    drwxr-xr-x 44 bill bill 4096 2008-04-16 11:08 ..
    drwx------ 4 bill bill 4096 2008-04-15 14:46 3hk4utrq.default
    -rw-r--r-- 1 bill bill 117 2008-04-15 13:01 profiles.ini
    -rw-r--r-- 1 bill bill 117 2008-04-14 15:22 profiles.ini~

    [email protected]:~$ ls -la ~/.mozilla-thunderbird/3hk4utrq.default
    total 6944
    drwx------ 4 bill bill 4096 2008-04-15 14:46 .
    drwx------ 3 bill bill 4096 2008-04-15 13:01 ..
    -rw-r--r-- 1 bill bill 2346 2008-04-15 14:46 abook.mab
    -rw------- 1 bill bill 65536 2008-04-15 14:46 cert8.db
    -rw------- 1 bill bill 130 2008-04-14 15:16 compatibility.ini
    -rw-r--r-- 1 bill bill 157835 2008-04-14 15:16 compreg.dat
    drwxr-xr-x 2 bill bill 4096 2008-04-14 15:16 extensions
    -rw-r--r-- 1 bill bill 318 2008-04-14 15:16 extensions.cache
    -rw-r--r-- 1 bill bill 279 2008-04-14 15:16 extensions.ini
    -rw-r--r-- 1 bill bill 3916 2008-04-14 15:16 extensions.rdf
    -rw-r--r-- 1 bill bill 1438 2008-04-15 13:13 history.mab
    -rw------- 1 bill bill 16384 2008-04-15 14:46 key3.db
    -rw-r--r-- 1 bill bill 6413 2008-04-15 14:46 localstore.rdf
    drwxr-xr-x 4 bill bill 4096 2008-04-14 15:18 Mail
    -rw-r--r-- 1 bill bill 2287 2008-04-15 14:46 panacea.dat
    -rw-r--r-- 1 bill bill 0 2008-04-15 14:34 .parentlock
    -rw------- 1 bill bill 4726 2008-04-15 14:46 prefs.js
    -rw------- 1 bill bill 16384 2008-04-14 15:16 secmod.db
    -rw-r--r-- 1 bill bill 0 2008-04-15 14:34 urlclassifier2.sqlite
    -rw-r--r-- 1 bill bill 10 2008-04-15 14:46 virtualFolders.dat
    -rw-r--r-- 1 bill bill 1361123 2008-04-14 15:16 XPC.mfasl
    -rwx------ 1 bill bill 995786 2008-04-03 14:15 XPC.mfl
    -rw-r--r-- 1 bill bill 118940 2008-04-14 15:16 xpti.dat
    -rw-r--r-- 1 bill bill 2643516 2008-04-15 13:13 XUL.mfasl
    -rwx------ 1 bill bill 1622211 2008-04-14 14:10 XUL.mfl
    [email protected]:~$

    If I look at the *.default folder, there is definitely data there in 2 files, about 1.5Mb. So the import works, now it's only the issue of stuffing it into T-bird.

    Hope you can get some insight out of this. What are the "permissions" of which you speak?

    Thanks for staying with me on this.
     
  10. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    Is bill the username under that you're logged in to your desktop?

    Can you try
    Code:
    chmod -R 777 ~/.mozilla-thunderbird/3hk4utrq.default
    ?
     
  11. bharkins

    bharkins New Member

    This is the second time I tried that command, but it didn't work again. I'm about to give it up unless you have a new idea.
     
  12. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    The command is different because this time it's recursive (-R) and has different permissions (777). But if it doesn't work, then I'm at my wit's end... :(
     
  13. bharkins

    bharkins New Member

    Same here, but thanks for your effort. When Ubuntu Hardy 8.04 goes to final release (next week) I will install it on the desktop machine and give T-bird another try. I have Hardy beta on my HP notebook and it has some features that work better than Gutsy 7.10. It's all a lot of experimentation.
     

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