Open Bug 63389 Opened 21 years ago Updated 14 days ago
Tools-> Import -> Mail: Need options for importing Thunderbird mails (mbox)
Sorry if this is the wrong component. The import options for mail and addressbooks do not include importing NS 4.x formats. The arguments against including this have been pretty much that profile migration should take care of it. This does not take into account combining 4.x profiles to take advantage of multiple mail accounts. In 4.x, I have 3 profiles - 1 personal and 2 for work. In moz, I migrated the personal account and added the 2 work accounts to this profile. I had to manually export/import addressbooks, and copy mail messages to get them into the moz profile. Big pain. Importing 4.x formats would indeed be beneficial for cases like this, as well as when 'normal' profile migration doesn't work for whatever reason.
Excuse me if I misunderstood your report, but isn't that the reason there is a Tasks|Tools|Import Utility?
As of build 121804, Tasks|Tools|Import Utility has the following: Addressbook import lists formats Text Eudora Outlook Express Outlook Mail lists formats Eudora Outlook Express Outlook There is no NS 4.x format option for either of these.
adding tony and candice to the cc list. confirming. marking as an enhancement. It's a good idea. see related bugs #13832 and #41590
Severity: normal → enhancement
Status: UNCONFIRMED → NEW
Ever confirmed: true
This is a frequently requested item as per DecisionOne (support) input.
I was going to report this as a bug, but I won't as someone else already has. I cannot emphasise how important I think this is. Personally I think it should ranked higher than an "enhancement". Currently, a Mozilla user has one opportunity to convert a 4.x profile: the first time they run Mozilla. Of course, I believe this can be accessed using a specific command-line option, but... I would like it to be possible to entire 4.x profiles, and also I would like an "Understanding Privacy"-esque "How-to" to explain how to copy profiles over from other machines etc.
The 4.x addressbook is, if I understood it correctly, a proprietary format and cannot be read by Mozilla. Feel free to file a separate bug for it (which it should be anyway), but it will be WONTFIX, I guess. Narrowing SUMMARY to mail for that reason. We should be able to import Mozilla mail archives, too, to allow moving mail between profiles. Since the "database format" (simple mailboxes) is the same between 4.x and Mozilla, I'm widening the SUMMARY to Mozilla mails, too. You can import Mozilla (and propably 4.x, with a bit tricking) mails manually, see <http://www.mail-archive.com/users%40beonex.org/msg00195.html>.
Summary: Need options for importing 4.x mail/addressbooks → Need options for importing 4.x and Mozilla mails
do handle 4.x addressbooks, the magic is all in libabupgrade.so (for linux) and libabupgrade.dll (for linux). among other things, in that component is an implementation the nsIAbUpgrader.idl interface (which is public) you can't get the source for that component (as it is netscape proprietary) but you can get the .so from the mail.xpi that we ship with. enough hints.
giving all my import bugs to chuang
Assignee: sspitzer → chuang
Another problem is if someone do like I did. After reinstalling WinME I didn't want to install Netscape 4.76 but instead just using Mozilla. But I couldn't get my old mail imported! Had to install Netscape just so that the profile converter could do its work, and then uninstalling Netscape... not very practical.
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add self to cc (sorry for spam). I agree with Nick Johnston that this is more than "just" an enhancement. It seems weird that a program can import other formats, but not it's own? NS4 also seriously lacked this feature (it could only import 4.x address books, not mail). Nominating for 1.0. It seems to me this should not be so hard to fix, since we already have the code to convert mail.
eClient team is picking this up for AB - EricP, is there a need for Communicator Mail import functionality for your team? Can Rajiv pick this up?
marking nsbeta1- and future. If this gets picked up by a different developer then feel free to change these.
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Definately needed. Mozilla's first adopters will be those leaving Netscape 4.x... only then can we look towards the IE cult. Export would be good as well.... I have a computer that is a bit to old for Mozilla, but can still run Netscape 4.x, I like to export on one computer and import it to the other every so often to keep my mail and bookmarks in sync on both computers. I doubt I am the only one who would benefit from import and export.... but the most important is import.
This is a must for a 1.0 release. Anyone who uses Mozilla on different computers (a desktop and a notebook for exaple) and wants to merge the different accounts one day needs this. I just had a hell of a time merging two Mozilla accounts.
Is there any kind of workaround for this bug? Scenario : My dad's computer got hit by some virus/worm that wiped out Windows so that the OS and all apps had to be reinstalled. Although he had been using Netscape 4.x before, when he reinstalled, he loaded Netscape 6.1 instead. Netscape 6.1 did not detect his old 4.x profile because he had not yet restored his data from backup. Now that his profile data has been copied back to the hard drive, it seems like his only option is to uninstall Netscape and reinstall with the hope that it will detect and convert the profile automatically. This seems rather silly when obviously somewhere Mozilla has the code to convert everything over because it does it when first installed. Either the Import Utility or the Profile Manager (preferrably both) should allow the user to convert 4.x data to Mozilla compatible data after the initial install. If there is already a way to do it, I apologize for my ignorance. Feel free to flame me directly at email@example.com -- as long as you also enlighten me.
> Is there any kind of workaround for this bug? Yes, read up.
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I cant believe it that mozilla cannot import and export its own mail. This should be top priority. Also, the wizard is kind of redundant in linux. What are you going to import? I view the wizard, and no options are available. Also, we should export too. Basically, the import mail from mozilla should be a dumb gui that does a "cp where/my/mail/folder/is/* /my/current/profile/mail/dir while an export would be the same, only switching folders. Please take this one for 0.9.7
> Basically, the import mail from mozilla should be a > dumb gui that does a "cp where/my/mail/folder/is/* /my/current/profile/mail/dir > while an export would be the same, only switching folders. I think that we should export to a compressed format (.tar.gz. tar.bz2 or .zip, removing .msf files), because export is also useful for backup.
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We could export to a compressed file format but: -File formats to support (tars for unix, zips for windows, weird stuff for mac?) I know linux can read zips , etc, but then we would require unix people to have the zip command, or windows users to have winzip to read tars... etc etc you get the idea, so we would need to do stuff to handle these cases -We would need to uncompress these files and then copy the results to the folders... then risking if the user imports a wrong file... etc etc This is very trivial to implement, i dont know why this hasn't been done yet. One ui listing under "import" and some cases to handle the copying process in different platforms. Of course, we could make this a lot smarter (and harder :) We could concatenate mail files, meaning if i have an export dated december 1st, and i run a new profile on december 3rd, and get 10 mails dated the same day, an "smart import" would do this on linux for example: cat oldmailbox newmailbox > mymailbox Voila, you've got your mails merged. I think this is possible because the mail format database is frozen and wont be changed right?
Assignee: chuang → racham
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I've been trying to use Mozilla since long before 0.9.6 (that was the version still lingering on this particular computer today), but this bug, more than anything, has kept me from using it. It seems that it becomes gravely worse for someone who is stumped by it the first time. My memory of how bad this bug is for an initial setup (many months ago) has faded, but I never got Mozilla set up correctly the first time, and ever since then Mozilla will not even look for my Netscape email files any more. (Mozilla might be reading my configuration files, or it might have already saved my usual settings - I don't know how to test this without messing up my Netscape settings.) But I can't get my email at all. So I feel (and probably am) completely blocked from using Mozilla. (The related Address Book import issue is far less serious: I'm quite willing and able to export/import those data manually. I've already exported all Netscape data to dBase, combined it with another database, and cleaned it up. If now, once again, I can't use Mozilla, all that effort will only make my life more complicated. The data will still be good, but there are now more fields, and I'm not going to try to squeeze it back into Netscape's proprietary database. OTOH, I don't want to go back to using the old Netscape Address Book after having done all this work.) So it feels like Mozilla is going to orphan me entirely from Netscape/Mozilla, and I've been fighting for a long time not to start using IE. This is a SERIOUS bug.
This is a really needed feature. What would be best is if it could export as well, so users don't feel so trapped. That is one of my fears for moving my account over. With Netscape 4.x, almost all other clients can import mail from it. With Mozilla, nobody can. So if Mozilla can return a mail account to Netscape 4 format, that would be a big plus... then Mozilla could boast "no obligation"
> So if Mozilla can return a mail account to > Netscape 4 format, that would be a big plus Mozilla stores mail in the common mbox format - exactly the same format 4.x uses. Noone is trapped. This bug is about a nice UI for it only.
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Assignee: racham → cavin
Component: Profile Migration → Import
Summary: Need options for importing 4.x and Mozilla mails → Need options for importing 4.x and Mozilla mails (mbox)
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sriltha implemented the 4.x part of this. See http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=78585
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Could this bug possibly be a dupe of bug 35509?
no. that's for Address Book, this is for Mailboxes
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I'm very interested in being able to migrate a lot of people away from Outlook & Outlook Express (for obvious reasons), and the ability to read a .pst file without having the application actually installed on a machine is EXTREMELY important. This not only applies during migrations or upgrades to new machines, it is also needed when trying to read really old mail that was archived using Outlook to recover missing information.
It seems crazy that mozilla doesn't have an option (even in 1.2a) to import mbox format as a folder. It seems crazy not to support importing from the maildir format as well, considering how easy it would be. At the very least this could be solved (aside from using the existing utility) by giving the option, upon creating a new folder, to specify a file to populate the new folder from. Or in other words, the existing mbox file is simply copied into the file for a new mail folder. This makes the most sense in terms of the easy way to do it, though it may make more sense in terms of being consistent to support it through the existing import interface. Since I'm not interested in diving into the code and figuring it out, I leave that as an exercise for the implementer.
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I love my moz on win and lin(esp with orbit theme), but I have corrupted something in two installs (pre 0.9.6 and 1.2b) and cannot get back my carefully set up mailboxes (with my mail) It's fine to have bugs, and is the price of being an early adopter, but losing data permenantly is not fine. Please have a go at fixing this soon - it prevents evangelism- it is more than an enhancemant. thanks
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Compare bug 22689 for the whole profile (and links to other bugs for other parts of the profile).
I have found a good workaround. The problem is most severe when trying to restore mail from a backup file. It is a consequence of: a)salting the profile directory b)the fact that panacea.dat and prefs.js store absolute (not relative) paths. c)The fact that mozilla knows what .slt directory to expect inside any given profile and will refuse to start with another directory. Consider a backup called /backup/.mozilla/rjn/xyz123.slt/ which we want to import. 1)Create a new profile in mozilla called rjn 2)This will contain a new .slt directory, let's assume it is abc456.slt 3)copy the backup directory xyz123.slt/ into the NEW /rjn/ directory. 4) rm -rf abc456.slt 5) ln -s xyz123.slt abc456.slt (Linux only, I'm afraid). This works because it the symlink fools (c) and the absolute path is still correct. There is another, rather horrid workaround which I gave in bug 172013 - it works, but takes about an hour of hackery. [My view: (a) has it's advantages, but (b) and (c) are bugs in their own right!]
Mozilla 1.2.1 still crashes in email. What results is I still have all my files in the Email and News directories but have no way for Mozilla to get to them. Thus I have to recreate all my email/news accounts, and effectively lose my old saved emails. Does anyone know how to get these old emails back?
Chuck Roberts, how about reading this page, e.g. comment 6?
Re: comment 53 >(...) I have to recreate all my email/news accounts (...) That's bug 170539 ("prefs.js gets wiped - all mail/news accounts settings lost"). To recover your mail messages by hand, see also: http://www.mozilla.org/start/1.0/faq/mail-news.html#3.8 http://www.mozillazine.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1901 http://www.mozillazine.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=4837 http://www.mozillazine.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=2450 http://www.mail-archive.com/users%40beonex.org/msg00195.html That is to say, in addition to copying the mailbox files (Inbox...) to the directories of the new mail accounts, it's better to remove the old mail summary files *.msf, and keep the files with no extension, like Inbox, etc., where the messages are stored. And keep a copy of the prefs.js file, just in case, and restore it to its place if this happens again, to avoid recreating your accounts by hand.
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I need this too. I have several computers. I want to migrate my Mozilla e-mail data from the first to the second computer but the second has already received e-mails on Mozilla. So I can't simply copy the profile when I want to store my e-mails in the other PC. Also when the profile is defect for some reasons, it would be good if a tool would exist to export the E-Mail data to a special file that can be imported to other profiles. It would be good also when that could be made with account preferences. When you have got many E-mailboxes (say 6) and three are installed on Computer 2 the other three on computer 1, it would be good when you could import the preferences of the other three accounts to computer 2.
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Thank you for your help. I often back up to other HDD or CDs, but I have never been able to get Mozilla to SEE any, let alone restore any of my addressbooks or saved mail - even if they are clearly *.ldif, etc. I think the widespread use of CD-RW should encourage developement of a facility to restore, search and find backed-up adressbooks and mail. Cheers, Julian Brisbane, Australia
on my pc there are currently 7 folders with mozilla-mails, because i don't use other mail clients. today i started my pc and ... ... i needed to create a new mail profile for my main mail account, which i have done before 2 times due to the same unwanted loss of memory. i can bear the setting-up process of the account. this is done in a minute. what's hard to understand is, that i can't import mozilla mails. i've got all my mail-files saved on cd-r, without the possiblity to import them. my opinion to the dicussion going on for years now: what makes you crawl on the floor, nag on everything nagable is not a lack of enhancement ... it's a bug!!!
> what makes you crawl on the floor We are not crawling on the floor. If *you* have an interest in getting this fixed, then fix it. If you can't, pay somebody to do it. If you don't want to or can't that either, then please just vote for this bug and *don't* comment here <http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/page.cgi?id=etiquette.html>. But don't expect wonders. Thanks.
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Something strange has been happening for me. with build 2002040808, my mail accounts keep disappearing. I start up Mozilla and get the Mozilla welcome screen. My bookmarks are there, but no mail accounts. I have been having a lot of trouble recreating them. For example, setting the local folder to the same place does not let Mozilla "see" my pre-existing folders!. Is there a way to make a new profile and to migrate all the mail, certificates, stored passwords, etc to the new profile? Then at least I would be backed up.
Ok, so we are in prior of the 1.7 release and there's still no way to tell mozilla to take the folder xyz while creating a new account after a system reinstall ??? That's poor. Sorry. There schould be additional options in the account-creator assistent: - create new mail account (already there) - create new news account (already there) - import existing mail account - import existing news account In the proceeding dialogs you should be asked for the exact folder, where your old profile lies and given the opportunity to tell mozilla to search for .slt-folders itself (don't forget the note, that this would take quite an amount of time...). Of course the two new options should be available in the import tool to. The tricky thing is, that the mails and prefs found in the old folder should be *copied* into the actual, standard user folder for two reasons: - first, wie don't want to touch the backup - second, we don't want the mails resp. the prefs to be spread over the whole system (that's the case, when you do it like I do: create an account with the right settings and the give mozilla the folder, where it finds the old mails. problems that arise from that are e.g. that deleting mails is corrupted: even when they are not displayed, they are still in the mailbox-files. that's bad for virus-mails, that are detected by the scanner again and again though deleted, so the user doesn't know where to look for... and another hard problem is, that it's almost impossible to do a complete backup of all mails and prefs...) So I think my solution is quite simple to implement. It's just a work of adding options to the dialogs, searching and copying. Comments appreciated.
> Comments appreciated. No <http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/page.cgi?id=etiquette.html>
I've just installed mozilla-win32-1.8a1-installer.exe on a notebook with MS-W-XP. This user normally reads mail from an IMAP account; to let it have his stuff while offline, I copied his mail-folders (in mailbox format) in his 'Local folders' dir; Moz didn't noticed them, no way to tell it to refresh folder list. Then closed/opened Moz, and now got copied folders listed under 'local folders'. But: all appear void, seems there's no way to have Moz re-index a (selected) folder. Then again, switching selection between some folders, got 2 of them correctly re-indexed (I mean, Moz made the headers summary). Wierd; no idea why it decided just those 2 are worth attention, and how. Now I'm still stuck with apperently empty folders, hoping for some glitch to kick in and convince Moz to do its duty. Notebook has gone, back to an ol'MS-W95 pc, installed same 1.8a1, to play a bit further. Copied 2 mailboxes in localfolders, on startup Moz sees them and index them. Hmmm... too easy; 1 is ~300kB, the other is ~40kB, while those on notebook where several MB - maybe the size... tried with a 12MB folder... no problem, as before, start Moz, select the new folder and it got indexed quickly. Ah, folders on notebook where sub-folders, ie mailboxes in a directory; except 2, that is; then made LocalFolders/dir1 and copied therein a folder mbx1... Moz sees dir1 and mbx1, but no way to have Moz index it. Select dir1 and got permanent (though non blocking) hourglass, select mbx1 got blank, tried to copy in it a msg, got a 'Can't write / no disk space / compress your folder' error, tryed to search mbx1 for something, got an endless 'searching...' dialog (non blocked). Grumph... try to make LocalFolders/dir2 from within Moz, then a (void) subfolder dir2/mbx2... I see that Moz makes a directory dir2.sbd, and a 0bytes mbx2 file therein (plus mbx2.msf); closed Moz, copied mbx1 in dir2.sbd, opened Moz... viola', got dir2/mbx1 indexed! Ok, the trick is the .sbd, right? No. renamed dir1 -> dir1.sbd, now Moz doesn't see LocalFolders/dir1* anymore. So there seems to be some trick as well as some possible bug in the way Mozilla treats (local) (sub)folders / directories. I think there's no need for an explict 'reindex' context-menu command, as long as that's done autom. on selection. Also, an 'import mail' for mailbox format may not be needed as well, since all that's needed is copy/paste - problem though is that in eg XP LocalFolders lies in hidden directory, and pushing innocents to play with hidden stuff may lead to system subversion. But definitely the glitch on directory/folder should be documented untill it gets fixed: while it's easy to learn the rule, 'first make your directory/folder tree, then copy in your stuff', importing a tree with many subdirs is a pain, and may not work with scripted stuff (eg rsync).
Same thing for importing mails from Thunderbird. Please change the summary.
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The import of Netscape 4.x mails is fixed, see comment 35. But still we can't import from other Mozilla/Netscape6-7/Thunderbird profiles or single mbox files (only first time profile migration works). Changing summary.
Assignee: cavin → nobody
QA Contact: nbaca
Summary: Need options for importing 4.x and Mozilla mails (mbox) → Tools-> Import -> Mail: Need options for importing Mozilla/Thunderbird/Netscape6-7 mails (mbox)
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Wow.. This problem has been around since at least year 2001! Mozilla can migrate from LOTS of mail clients but NOT from Mozilla! Why? Is this on purpose? Many of us need to buy a new laptop or other computer occasionally and move Mozilla profiles (easily!) to the new machines. Yet, we still have NO MIGRATION PATH. If I agree to donate US$500 personally to the person who comes up with a quality and workable export/import fix for this, will this help? (And I do NOT mean a ten step process!) Joe Mehaffey From the Mozilla FAQs. "Migrating from other Internet client software Mozilla can import data directly from other popular Internet clients such as Netscape Communicator, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express, and Eudora. Mozilla can also import data in several standard file formats, so migrating from other client software is also possible.
I've been using Netscape\Mozilla since maybe NS 4.03, have done manual backups in DOS, system restores, NS/Mozilla restores and so forth all along in Win 3.11 and Win98SE. Here are some tips applicable to a batchfile, Unix script or Mozilla backup utility. The public prefs includes the Mail & News Account Settings on the Mail edit menu. On the Server Settings screen is the Local Directory setting for the (POP) account in question. That specifies where your account's mailboxes are. To simplify storage and backup (in case you want to reformat and reinstall your version of Windows), move your user data off of the system partition. Your mail is typically on C:\Windows\Application Data\Mozilla\yadda\yadda\mail\servername\the-actual-mail You can make a new directory on a different partition, copy the contents of your actual mail directory to the new directory, and then set the Local Directory for the account to that new directory in your Mail and News Account Settings. The nwe path is arbitrary, and you can make it shorter and simpler than the original. From that folder, you can copy your files to backup, or from backup back into the folder. I have gotten into the habit of renaming Inbox and Sent to backup names monthly, (ren Inbox.* 2005MarchInbox.*). That closes out the old Inbox and a new one will be made when you restart Mozilla. Comment #55 says the files with extensions don't need copying---they're rebuilt as needed. It would be nice if the backup were done by a utility, but I don't mind doing it manually. The other vital piece of Mozilla (mail and everything else) information is what's in your C:\Windows\Application Data Mozilla folder. Copying your entire Application Data folder to backup (or at least the Mozilla data) is the way to save and if necessary restore your Mozilla configuration including bookmarks, addressbooks, spamfilter data, etc. Xcopy or drag'n'drop does the subdirectories. Copying the entire Application Data folder is good because a few programs put data files in the top of that folder instead of in application folders. One big chunk of data you don't need in backup is what's in the cache. You can delete everything in the cache before copying. Main mail directory and Mozilla data backup directory on D:, with backup of both to CD as desired, might be a good backup plan. A batchfile could do part of it. You'd probably have to run a CD burner utility in any case to back the data up to a CD.
Re Comment #82: 1)The annoying thing with the pod2354fd.slt (or whatever) salting is that it makes scripts really hard to write. Unfortunately, this is still hardcoded into prefs.js (why prefs.js can't use the relative path, I don't know), which means that you can't easily change it. (I found a workaround by symbolic links) 2)You should only delete the .msf files after doing File->Compact Folders. Otherwise, you'll find deleted messages come back to life etc. Essentially the .msf files contain the indexes of the mail files, and also a record of when a message has been deleted, but not removed from the mail file.
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I have my old profiles in a hidden directory (~/.mozilla). Thuderbid offers no option to show hidden files and directories, so I can't mark the files to import! I can't also import the adress-book and the messages automatically, there is no option for automatically search for other profiles from mozilla programms.
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I agree with comment 87, that's really a pain. And now that Mozilla support will soon be over, it would be great if we could have an easy way to import messages and address book easily without having to use hacks and workarounds. Else users won't migrate to Tb.
the 4.x code is proprietary and we can't ship with it. See early comments. We do support profile migration from mozilla.
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Joe Mehaffey, I'm tempted to add another $500. Meanwhile another year has passed. Unbelievable. There are dozens of requests like this. Nobody is even assigned for this. Compare this to Eclipse. I report the bug on Monday. By Wednesday at last, somebody is assigned. For small corrections the fix is made within the week(s) after that. Eclipse has of course more paid developers and other contributors. Yet... .
(In reply to comment #94) > I'm tempted to add another $500. Heh, the funny thing is, that now MoCo is drowning in cash... they could pay someone a hundred times that amount just for fixing this bug and it won't be more than a speck on the balance sheet.
I'd love a Netscape/Mozilla/Seamonkey/Thunderbird-to-Thunderbird importer. It would automate what's done in comment #55. It's ironic that Thunderbird has a "competitive" importer for grabbing data out of other vendor's programs, but nothing for grabbing data out of previous versions of its own product! The reason is for what other people mentioned: doing re-installs of Thunderbird on a new computer, testing new Thunderbird versions safely, and so forth. I'd love a way to use the import wizard to take an existing address book, account settings, local folders, etc. from another directory outside the current Thunderbird installation, and copy them in. It would handle the directory name salting, folder compaction, MSF file scrubbing, preferences directory renaming, and so forth, all correctly. Doing this by hand is time-consuming and error-prone.
I have found a temporary solution at http://nic-nac-project.de/~kaosmos/mboximport-en.html Just download and install the ad-on. It works great. Perhaps it could be made a regular feature of Thunderbird.
I have formatted a hard disk, of other people, and then installed Thunderbird. Then, there is no way to import the messages on .mfl files. I are a fan of Firefox, but I totally discard Thunderbird as a serious e-mail client, because of unbeliably incapability of import his own e-mail format. This is not a required enhancement, is a totally blocking bug. By the way, the mentioned (by Martin Pagan) link on: http://nic-nac-project.de/~kaosmos/mboximport-en.html Simply does not work. I could not believe that this bug is "Assigned To: Nobody; OK to take it and work on it" The tool for importing from Netscape, ask for a profile to choose, and gives no option to be choosen from. ... and it NEED to say import from Thunderbird format!!!- No excuses.
"Reported: 2000-12-20" Hey, this is only eight years old!
Apologies for the duplicate - hard to believe it is that hard to import mail from TB to TB ! Its somewhat of a necessity - if, as I did, you end up with TB corrupting the database, and being unable to restore from Time Machine, and now unable to import the mail back into a new copy of TB
What I think the most shameful thing is that acutally, the developers worked on mail import for Thunderbird 3, but not on this important issue. The Thunderbird 3 preliminary feature list says: http://www.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/thunderbird/3.0a2/releasenotes/ # Shredder (this is the codename for Thunderbird 3) can now import mail from Mail.app on Mac OS X # Outlook Express import now copies SSL and port settings Have the developers already noticed this important bug here? Why did they add another mail client but not the own program?
wanted‑thunderbird3-; I can't see us getting to this for thunderbird3 unless someone provides a patch.
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Magnus, I think this is a really important and embarrassing bug, see comment 110. I think it's necessary to put some work in here (I'm not volunteering). Asking for reconsideration.
Flags: wanted-thunderbird3- → wanted-thunderbird3?
Comment #97 is the key statement in this bug, thanks for writing it, JoSH. Agreed, it'd be nice. I don't think we'll block on it, but would love some contributions here. If you're interested in working on this oft-requested bug, let me know.
I totally back Comment #97. Is the most important bug of Thunderbird. Is the only reason I do EVER install another mail software. And I install hundreds. Reinstalling Thunderbird is a HELL.
LOL!!! 1 minute ago I was angry, but this is funny! I just lost my emails thanks to you. Yes I lost them even if they may be lying in an obscure folder, cause they are not in Thunderbird right now! Let 99,999 users dig in newsgroups to find out how to copy files manually, rather than 1 guy to fix this. and dating sinse 2000/2003? come on! make a new bug entry and clear your heads guys.. you are confused!
I found your problem, (I know because we had the same problem at work) On Vista, The updater is elevated to admin (UAC on) to perform the update. then Thunderbird is restarted.. with admin priviledges!! so the profiles go in %appdata%Local instead of %appdata%Roaming. I closed thunderbird, then restarted manually, and boom .. the old profile was there. So at least dont restart Thunderbird from the updater as a temporary measure. ;-)
You know this doesn't belong here. I just filed bug 553012 based on your comment.
Priority: -- → P2
Summary: Tools-> Import -> Mail: Need options for importing Mozilla/Thunderbird/Netscape6-7 mails (mbox) → Tools-> Import -> Mail: Need options for importing Thunderbird mails (mbox)
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