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Author Topic: Backing Up Thunderbird  (Read 1790 times)


  • Vectorite
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Backing Up Thunderbird
« on: November 21, 2010, 10:04:57 am »

I'm running Thunderbird 3.1.5 under VL6.0

I've created a tree of local folders under Thunderbird to store the emails I want to keep.

I'd like to back up this folder tree.  A 'locate thunderbird' command lists (among very many others):

home/martin/.thunderbird/xxxxxxxx.default (where xxxxxxxx denotes 8 numbers and lowercase letters), and this folder seems to contain the other folders I created.

Is this the folder I need to copy to my backup media?  I see no facility within Thunderbird itself to backup up local data.
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  • Vectorian
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Re: Backing Up Thunderbird
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2010, 01:53:11 pm »

You are correct. I back up my entire ~/.thunderbird folder. That way all my mail and settings are easy to restore.


  • Vectorian
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Re: Backing Up Thunderbird
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2010, 06:13:38 pm »

02:02.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)
02:03.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)

These are you ethernet cards. The modules (drivers) are loaded.

Did you setup the encryption keys for the wireless network in VASM? Or perhaps easier
double click on the computers in the lower left hand corner. That should open up the
area to setup the encryption.

FRONTIER is your essid as in Frontier commnuications?