How to transfer Mail from old machine to new FreeBSD box ....

William A. Mahaffey III wam at
Tue Aug 12 19:16:45 UTC 2014

On 08/12/14 13:56, Roland Smith wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 10:56:14AM -0500, William A. Mahaffey III wrote:
>> .... Well, I am down to the snorting post, the last task I need to
>> complete before putting my new FreeBSD 9.3 box into service, replacing
>> this one (AMD64X2 3800+, FC14 64-bit, terminally patched up several
>> years ago). Unfortunately, it looks like a bit of a doozy. I need to get
>> the Mail directory from the old machine to the new one. To start with, I
>> just copied the whole thing. 35 min. later when it was done, I invoked
>> T-bird on the FreeBSD box & none of the Mail-directory was visible :-/.
>> That method worked AOK the last time I used it, 10+ years ago when I put
>> the old box into service :-). That was also the last time I tried, last
>> time I needed to do that. Is what I am doing supposed to work ? If not,
>> how am I supposed to do this ? Mind you, there are yearly archives going
>> back into the '90's, which I want preserved. The whole Mail directory is
>> ~20 GiB :-/ .... thunderbird.x86_64 17.0.7-1.fc14.remi on the Fedora
>> box, thunderbird 31 on the FreeBSD (box std,) .... TIA for any pointers ....
> Check the permissions and ownership on the folders and files. Even if your
> username and group name are the same, the *numerical* UID and GID might be
> different.
> Is thunderbird configured the same on both machines.
> Roland

numerical UIDs & GIDs are identical. Both T-birds identical as near as I 
can tell, a bit touch going back & forth w/ 2 machines :-/ ....


	William A. Mahaffey III


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