Closed Bug 87145 Opened 19 years ago Closed 4 years ago

Need import wizard to migrate old profile components


(Core Graveyard :: Profile: Migration, defect, P2, major)


(Not tracked)



(Reporter: susiewak, Unassigned)



Browser distributors need Import Wizard to migrate components of old profile for 
any of the following reasons:
1. if it was not migrated correctly, 
2. if needed to move to a different profile the user wishes to consolidate into 
a new one, 
3. for Tech Support personnel to easily walk the user through importing old 
booksmarks, mail settings/messages, etc.
Keywords: nsCatFood
Priority: -- → P2
Adding nsbeta1 keyword.
Keywords: nsbeta1
this may handle the cases we discussed yesterday
Who should we talk to about getting this in for M0.9.3?
Ever confirmed: true
Adding GoldmundB to cc: list.
Blocks: 104166
I filed for being able to
import local mail accounts from the Mail Import Wizard.
Adding Shiva to the cc list.
Target Milestone: --- → mozilla0.9.9
currently we have the bug I mentioned for Local Folders and we already have a
way to do this for the AB (through import) and Bookmarks (through the Bookmark
Target Milestone: mozilla0.9.9 → mozilla1.2
Montse, Bob, Tao - Does what Scott suggest work for ISP and distributor tech 
support teams?
*** Bug 31349 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 172945 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Any news on this? It'd be great to use this for migration from Win 9X to 2000/XP
or to Linux or MacOS. It's a pain to migrate it manually since paths are hard
coded (and especially if you're replacing all the computers for a department).
i recently did a manual migration to reflect a username change in linux.
there are a number of places in which the .mozilla dir is hard-coded.
some of these places (only in mailnews) are not plain-text.
i was able to successfully migrate the profile by using a sed script and
deleting the mailnews data (in the ImapMail directory).

searching my win2k box (with cygwin) from the mozilla profile dir:
grep -Rc "\.slt" * |grep -v "0$"

mailnews just didn't want to migrate; as i stated above, i had to delete it all
(this was hardly an issue for me; it was imap).

any reason for needing an absolute path?
if we do need an absolute path, we probably only need it in one place.
this would make migration trivial; all we would need would be a little option in
the profile manager.  of course, without that one place, it would be seamless.

also, this bug has 1.2a as a target, but 1.3 comes out in a few days.
i'm nominating this bug for 1.4a
(this hardly seems worthy of holding up the already belated 1.3)
Flags: blocking1.4a?
Flags: blocking1.4a? → blocking1.4a-
mass re-assign.
Assignee: racham → sspitzer
When upgrading to 1.4 within Win98, I was asked if I wanted to import old
profiles/accounts. Went excellent! Not so when migrating to W2K. Have to start
digging out how to get back all the mail and newsgroup messages, folders,
subfolders etc. manually... if it's at all possible (tried the crude way of
copying files into a new profile directory - only partial success, no old
messages show up).
sorry for the spam.  making bugzilla reflect reality as I'm not working on these bugs.  filter on FOOBARCHEESE to remove these in bulk.
Assignee: sspitzer → nobody
QA Contact: agracebush → profile-migration
This bug is filed in a bugzilla component related to pre-Firefox code which no longer exists. I believe it is no longer relevant and I am therefore closing it INCOMPLETE.

If you believe that this bug is still valid and needs to be fixed, please reopen it and move it to the Toolkit:Startup and Profile System product/component.
No longer blocks: 1243899
Closed: 4 years ago
Resolution: --- → INCOMPLETE
Product: Core → Core Graveyard
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