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Mannshoch
Strollin' around
Status: New idea

On some Computer My Thunderbird Profile is Stil the same as from the first Version of Thunderbird from 2006. It carry a lot of strange Files and is way bigger in size then a new Profile.

Please develop a full migration of the Thunderbird Profil into a new Profile.

Beside my I'm also Family admin of several PC with Thunderbird. Most of their Profile has the same age like my profile. It would be nice If I could migrate these Profile as easy as possible. I do not wish to setup mail clients new and may forget settings or addons.

 

I suggest following behavior.

  1. User do start a Profil migration
  2. Thunderbird request some basics
    1. [x] Automatic cleanup - nothing get lost you currently use.
    2. [ ] Custom cleanup - remove some data you currently us but do not need anymore.
      1. Some requests If custom cleanup is active -> list of add-ons, experimental settings, remove password list, etc.
  3. Create a new Profile
  4. Install all currently active add-ons
  5. migrate all settings of Thunderbird
    1. Migrate accounts and also their mail filter rules
    2. Settings of migrated add-ons.
  6. perform a Thunderbird start and migrate requested Passwords.
  7. If every thing is successful and the next Thunderbird start was successfully to, tar.xz the old Profile.
6 Comments
Status changed to: New idea
Jon
Community Manager
Community Manager

Thanks for submitting an idea to the Mozilla Connect community! Your idea is now open to votes (aka kudos) and comments.

billyswong
Making moves

If they can automate the "migration" or "cleanup", your senior profile wouldn't be cluttered with "strange files" in the first place!

Export all the mails in local folders (or also mail account folders if running POP3). Export all the address book contacts. Check out all the add-ons currently in use and mark them all down. Check out all the passwords stored and write them down on paper (or in temporary text file). Check out all the mail account settings and write them down too. Create a new profile, switch to it, than import everything back in.

tripleo
Making moves

@billyswong

I agree with @Mannshoch .

Who wants to do all that? (But thanks for the instructions 😉

My reccomended flow is

  1. click on your profile image in upper right (or wherever).
  2. click manage
  3. click export
  4. set options and export path
  5. go do something else!
Mannshoch
Strollin' around

In my opinion Thunderbird could do this all 10 Major version on his own. (In that case a backup e.g. tar.xz would be important)

Mannshoch
Strollin' around

In my opinian Thunderbird should do that all 10 Major Version on it's own. (Backup as e.g. tar.xz is Important)

NWheadon
New member

Totally agree with this. Over the years I've had a number of email address which have come and gone and the profile file pref.js has got remnants of the old identities (id and server numbers) hanging around in the code. In the file, I can also see these old email addresses too so that implies the 'removal' process didn't work properly either. 

So a neat little function to parse through the accounts/identities in the file, asking the user what to keep and what not to, checking consistency of the email/accountID/Identity/Server items, and removing the 'left hanging' items - code lines that are no longer used, would be a great idea.