Any Thunderbird Mail Experts?

Gilles Gravier gilles at
Sat Apr 18 16:55:00 UTC 2009

On Sat, Apr 18, 2009 at 12:27 PM, PleegWat <pleegwat at> wrote:

> GaryT wrote:
> > Does that hold generally for all apps under Linux?
> > Is all the data and setting info stored under that main directory?
> ~/.mozilla-thunderbird is specific for thunderbird. Other apps store
> their settings in their own locations, often files or directories named
> after the program, stored in your home directory and starting with a
> '.'. These directories are hidden by default in nautilus and other file
> browsers.

The problem happens with apps that are specifically written for the GNOME
environment and store things in different .gnome .gconf ... directories.

Also, for example, the Pidgin IM application stores its complete
configuration in the $HOME/.purple directory. This app is so well written
that the content of this directory can directly be copied from Ubuntu (
$HOME/.purple ) to Windows ( C:\Documents and
Settings\YOUR-WINDOWS-USER-NAME\Application Data\.purple ).

Mozilla application settings (Firefox and Thunderbird can also be migrated,
but need some more tweaking as they structure - slightly - differently
between Unix and Windows).


Gilles Gravier - Gilles at
Using Google Apps web mail
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