[sf-lug] Migrated wrong set from thunderbird, lost a bunch of folders. Can I be saved?

jim jim at systemateka.com
Wed Jan 19 11:35:08 PST 2011

   Maybe change directories to .Thunderbird/<subdir> 
and use either the  find  or the  grep  command to 
see if you get a hit on some known filename or phrase? 

   (sigh) Backups. Seems a never-ending quest. Do any 
of you have a backup solution with which you're happy? 
   I'd be happy with one or more incremental backups 
of /home/<me> each day that go to a local redundant 
store as well as to some remote ("cloud") store. I'd 
be delighted if it were easy to implement and thrilled 
if restoration was simple and foolproof. 

On Wed, 2011-01-19 at 11:11 -0800, Michael Shiloh wrote:
> Interestingly, my sent mail from the same period is missing. I'll bet 
> it's there somewhere, just not indexed properly.
> On 01/19/2011 10:55 AM, Michael Shiloh wrote:
> > First of all I confess to being very foolhardy. I always install all
> > Ubuntu updates without backing up my system, I use the latest version of
> > Ubuntu, Thunderbird, and Firefox, I even run experimental versions with
> > wild abandon.
> >
> > I've been using Thunderbird for some time. Starting somewhere in the
> > past month, when starting Thunderbird, I get a message saying I'm using
> > a new version, and a migration assistant offers to migrate my settings.
> > It gave me three choices: 1) continue to use old settings 2) migrate to
> > new settings 3) decide later.
> >
> > I'm not even sure which versions this referred to. As I mentioned, I was
> > probably using a bleeding edge beta, so it's possible that the "upgrade"
> > was just an official install of something I was already using, or
> > possibly even a downgrade.
> >
> > Up until yesterday I chose 3), decide later, because I couldn't be
> > bothered to figure out what settings these were, and whether I preferred
> > to old or the new.
> >
> > Yesterday for some reason I chose 2), migrate to new settings.
> >
> > I didn't notice any difference and forgot about it, until this morning,
> > when I noticed that that a whole lot of folders that I had created in
> > the past few months were missing, and a big chunk of mail that had been
> > sitting in my inbox is gone.
> >
> > I can't recall when I made these changes to my inbox folders, but the
> > missing mail is conveniently timestamped. I'm missing 1/3/2010 - 1/18/2011.
> >
> > My question is whether I can go back to the previous settings and
> > retrieve my mail and folder structure.
> >
> > Oh, how I miss the old days of mbox format and mutt. I may go back. Of
> > course you could fuck yourself over royally back then, and I did, many
> > times, but at least I understood clearly what I did. For me the main
> > attraction of computers is the learning opportunities.
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