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Old 01-24-2009, 11:24 AM   #1
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Can't save to Thunderbird local folders


After upgrading Kubuntu to 8.10, it took me about a week to move my existing files. Once I did. it ass worked fine until after I had moved about 10 new messages to various local files. Now all I get is a message that says I should empty my trash and compact the folders. I have done all of this and nothing has changed, except that first thing this morning it let me move two messages before going back to the error. This is TB 2.0.0.19.
 
Old 01-25-2009, 06:18 AM   #2
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is the partition full ?
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Old 01-25-2009, 06:29 AM   #3
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Bring up a console and:
cd into ".thunderbird/abcd1234.default" and make sure that all your permissions are set to jdtiede or whatever your username is: chown -R jdtiede.jdtiede *

Please see: man chown

It can be tough moving old folders to new ones if you have a new "abcd1234.default" directory. You have to delete the old default one after you have moved your mail and newsgroups or the program may go back to the old directory. Once you have moved all the old stuff to the new default directory, then you should delete the old one. In mandriva, the old $HOME/$USER/.thunderbird (or .mozilla/firefox) directory remains the same, and only the binaries change in /usr/lib/. Also, look in /usr/bin/ and make sure that thunderbird is linked to the new binary. In other words, you may have two links, one to thunderbird and another to thunderbird3 (or similar). cd to /usr/lib and do an 'ls -al | grep "thunderbird"', and it will show you what is linked to what. If thunderbird is still linked to the old binary, then 'rm -f thunderbird' and then 'mv thunderbird3 thunderbird', and that should ensure that you are using the updated binary. If you don't trust my advice then 'mkdir tmp' in usr/bin and then 'mv thunderbird tmp'. That way you can go back to it if this doesn't work.

Mandriva was extremely late in giving us firefox v 3. I have had irate feelings about them since they canned GaŽl Duval. I downloaded firefox 3.0.5 on my own, but it didn't work so well. You know, the plugins wouldn't work, and I couldn't view png's; a lot of complicated stuff. So finally, mandriva issued firefox 3.0.1 so I downgraded to it and now things are working better. I just wish they weren't so tardy.

Call back, it's very late here, but I will reply if you can't get the problem solved.

Michael

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Old 01-25-2009, 03:02 PM   #4
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To answer repo's question, the partition in only 5% full.

To mhearne: What is abcd1234? I have no .thunderbird folder, but do have .mozilla-thunderbird. In that is a subfolder with the pattern aaa9aaa9.default. Drilling down to the Local Files level, the only files that didn't show me as owner were such as Junk, Sent but not inbox. Nothing on the way down belonged to anyone else (root) either. Changing those had no effect, except that I was able to move one message to Sent.

First thing this morning, after I booted up (usually leave it on all night) and opened TB, I was able to move one message. Since then only the one to Sent, but I no longer get the error message; the e-mails just don't move.

My old file and copy of TB are on a different partition (with Kubuntu Hardy Heron) and the current TB is with K. Intrepid Ibex.
 
Old 01-25-2009, 06:02 PM   #5
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Again I have had the experience of being able to file two messages after not touching TB for several hours. Atfet the two, I start getting the error box again. Maybe this is a bgu in TB 2.0.0.19 or in Kubuntu 8.10?
 
Old 01-25-2009, 07:00 PM   #6
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@jdtiede
What I meant by abcd1234 was that in your home directory, you have .mozilla/firefox or .thunderbird and all your stuff is in a subdirectory like: k02yer0m.default. This is random and changes with each new install. These are your local files. The binaries are in /usr/lib.

To save your mail from the old install, you need to go to the new subdirectory and "mv Mail Mail.orig" and "mv News News.orig". Then move your old Mail and News directories from your old install to your new one. Everything should be saved. Now delete your old "abcd1234.default" directory.

Also, don't forget to export your address book and bookmarks, so that you can import them into your new install.

Sorry if I was vague, and thank you for pointing out that I should have added the .default to my example. My only excuse is that I was extremely tired when I posted.

Michael

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