On 09/08/2009 04:46 AM, Sergey Rudchenko wrote:
On 07.09.2009 3:31, Robert L Cochran wrote:
The worst problem for me (it forced me to take out the hard drive that 12 Alpha is installed on and replace it with the one for Fedora 11) is that for some reason, Thunderbird on 12 Alpha won't recognize my email files in the .thunderbird directory that I had tarred up in Fedora 11 and then transferred to the 12 system. That is, I tarred up everything in my Fedora 11 .thunderbird directory and untarred it in my new home directory with the Fedora 12 box. I've done this successfully so many times while traveling, on other Fedora releases, that I'm surprised it doesn't 'just work'. Every time I start Thunderbird, it doesn't seem to notice there are mail folders in the .thunderbird directory and insists on launching an "email setup" wizard. I do have more than 1 Gb of email data...maybe this is affecting the Fedora 12 version of Thunderbird.
Do you have a folder like ~/.shredder? Pre-release thunderbird 3.0 is called "Shredder" IIRC.
If yes, backup your ~/.thuderbird and try to make a ~/.shredder symlink.

Best regards,
Sergey Rudchenko

Thank you for your help. "Shredder" is what the Mozilla people call their alpha releases of Thunderbird. We are using Thunderbird 3.0b3 which is a beta release. This same version works fine in Fedora 11. It was simply rebuilt for Fedora 12.

After more experimenting and trying to get Thunderbird to see my existing profile data and mail folders, I am starting to realize my problem might be SELinux-related. I had moved my mail folders (as a tarball) to the Fedora 12 system. I am wondering if tar isn't writing the right sort of SELinux security contexts to the profile folder files when I untar the tarball. The system is showing numerous SELinux denials, and I'm not too sure how these effect Thunderbird, but I am sure that untarring my profile folders to the .thunderbird directory should be sufficient for my mail folders "seen" by Thunderbird when it starts up.

I'll report this as a bug hopefully tomorrow. It's pretty late for me here on the East Coast of the USA, and I'm no longer young.


Bob Cochran