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Post Posted September 13th, 2007, 6:48 am

I am looking for help for a unique problem. I have set up Thunderbird on my (aging) mother's computer. My dad has continued to use Outlook Express but now wants to switch to Thunderbird as he sees how good the spam-catching is. I want to know how I can transfer ALL settings from one installation of Thunderbird (my mother's) to another computer (my father's). Exporting the address book is trivial. What I am looking for is information on how to transfer all the email account information and all of the filters wholesale. They must be stored in some config file I can move over, but I have no idea where that is.

Note - In the above I am talking about the Windows versions of Thunderbird. I personally don't use Windows. Strictly Linux or macintosh. They have 5 or 6 emails between them, and like everything going to both computers. Also, I have helped my mother to set up more than a couple dozen filters that they also want on my father's computer. Is there any way to have everything be the same on two different installations of Thunderbird?

Thanks in advance,

Craig

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Post Posted September 13th, 2007, 7:15 am


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Post Posted September 13th, 2007, 7:33 am

Thanks for the reply, however I don't think that MozBackup does any part of the job I am looking for. I checked out that site. There is no documentation, however screenshot #4 of MozBackup seems to show that is DOES NOT back up either filters or accounts. See:

http://mozbackup.jasnapaka.com/images/eng/04.png

Rather, it seems to be made to back up mail and address books.

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Post Posted September 13th, 2007, 7:37 am

THese might help. Read through them carefully, however, before you implement these, in case they aren't what you want.

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Migrating_set ... ew_profile
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Transferring_ ... ew_profile
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_backup
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Post Posted September 13th, 2007, 7:44 am

Thanks. That is perfect. From the first link I found this information:

msgFilterRules.dat (in each account subfolder)

That is exactly what I wanted to know in order to move the filters.

Craig

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Post Posted September 13th, 2007, 9:02 am

Anonymous wrote:Thanks for the reply, however I don't think that MozBackup does any part of the job I am looking for. I checked out that site. There is no documentation, however screenshot #4 of MozBackup seems to show that is DOES NOT back up either filters or accounts. See:

http://mozbackup.jasnapaka.com/images/eng/04.png

Rather, it seems to be made to back up mail and address books.

However, for all that, it does also back up and restore the account information and the filter rules just as you require. It can even be used to easily copy/replicate a complete profile to a different profile in a different folder structure (on a different machine and/or overwriting an existing differently named profile if required). You would for instance be able to transfer an entire profile with all accounts, with or without most installed extensions and with or without existing mail, to a differently named profile on another machine.

There is documentation - a pdf user guide - available on the 'Support' page at that site. However, it does not go into great detail in the areas you ask about.

If you just want to transfer a few selected elements you might also be interested in

accountex :: Thunderbird Add-ons to export and import account definitions and settings

Thunderbird Message Filter Import/Export :: Thunderbird Add-ons to transfer filters between accounts/profiles/machines.

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Post Posted September 13th, 2007, 4:49 pm

Glad to hear you got it sorted. It's nice to have stuff working properly. 8-)
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Post Posted September 15th, 2007, 12:35 am

Even if you don't use it :|
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