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

Michael Shiloh michaelshiloh1010 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 19 18:11:19 PST 2011

Perhaps because I was afraid of the answer.

It is as I feared. The mail is gone.

I'm doing

  strings Inbox | grep "Date: " | grep 2010 | sort

and all I get are messages from January 1, 2, and 3.

This is just for the Inbox folder.

On 01/19/2011 02:05 PM, Akkana Peck wrote:
> 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.
> 	...Akkana
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