Creating indexes/summary when moving profiles



14 years ago
13 years ago


(Reporter: Florian Effenberger, Assigned: Scott MacGregor)


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14 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.3) Gecko/20041026 Firefox/1.0RC1
Build Identifier: Thunderbird 0.8

When moving profiles, Thunderbird always has to create indexes/summaries (in
German: "Erstelle Zusammenfassung...") for each folder when opening it. Why?

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Copy a profile from one PC to another, whereas OS, program version, profiles
name and paths are equal.
2. Open TB on the copied-to PC.
3. Open a folder.

Actual Results:  
You see "Erstelle Zusammenfassung..."

Expected Results:  
It should work without delay.

Comment 1

14 years ago
because the timestamps on the mailbox file are not maintained when you copy the
files across machines, we think the .msf files are out of date with respect to
their corresponding .msf files.

you can always try setting the hidden pref that makes us tolerant of differences
in timestamps. This would set it to 100 seconds, though I'm not sure what your
timestamp difference actually is:

Last Resolved: 14 years ago
Resolution: --- → WORKSFORME

Comment 2

14 years ago
Thanks, that sounds reasonable.
Is there any option of having Thunderbird doing these indexes all at startup?
It is really annoying that there is a delay on every folder, I'd "prefer" a 
delay at every startup. :-)

Comment 3

14 years ago
not per se, but for a one time fix, you could do an account wide search, which
will regenerate all the summary files as a side effect. That doesn't help if you
do this often...

Comment 4

14 years ago
Thanks for that information, but unfortunately, that doesn't help me. I have to 
copy my profile from my desktop to my laptop every two days or so, so this is 

Is there any fix planned?
Resolution: WORKSFORME → ---

Comment 5

13 years ago
I have found out that the sort order or threading view is changed also. Seems
there are some more troubles when copying files.

Relates to bug 286572.

Comment 6

13 years ago
When not simply copying the profile, but RARing (compressing) it and telling RAR 
to keep all file times exactly as they were, the problem seems not to occur.

I guess that it has something to do with slight time changes between the two 

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