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

jim jim at systemateka.com
Wed Jan 19 11:36:33 PST 2011

   ERK! Me, too! Good call: backup before upgrading 
or updating.... 

On Wed, 2011-01-19 at 10:55 -0800, 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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