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

Akkana Peck akkana at shallowsky.com
Wed Jan 19 14:05:59 PST 2011

Rick Moen writes:
> Quoting Michael Shiloh (michaelshiloh1010 at gmail.com):
> > Oh, how I miss the old days of mbox format and mutt.
> Last I checked, Thunderbird continues to store all mail, sent and
> received, in mbox format.  There are binary indexes, which of course you
> can delete and thereby cause Thunderbird to re-index the mail from
> scratch.

That's what I thought, too. At least it used to use mbox format.

Michael said:
> I'm missing 1/3/2010 - 1/18/2011.

So you can probably go to wherever your folders are stored and do
something like:

egrep '^Date: .* Jan 2010' *

to see if any of the missing mail is still there. And, of course,
copy that whole directory somewhere before you start on any recovery
attempts like deleting the folder indices.


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