SeaMonkey 1.1.18 Folder Question

2009-09-26 Thread Sharon
I have SeaMonkey 1.1.18 . Windows Vista.  I have some folders from an 
older profile that I want to move to my new profile.  I found the 
location of the profile and I worked my way to the MAIL folder. I found 
the file that has the folders in my email.  At the top it shows folders 
 __.sbd and on the lower half it shows ___ file and ___.msf File. 
When I find the folder from the older profile what do I bring over so it 
will show in my  current email.I appreciate your help.

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Re: SeaMonkey 1.1.18 Folder Question

2009-09-26 Thread Paul B. Gallagher

Sharon wrote:

I have SeaMonkey 1.1.18 . Windows Vista.  I have some folders from an 
older profile that I want to move to my new profile.  I found the 
location of the profile and I worked my way to the MAIL folder. I found 
the file that has the folders in my email.  At the top it shows folders 
 __.sbd and on the lower half it shows ___ file and ___.msf File. When I 
find the folder from the older profile what do I bring over so it will 
show in my  current email.I appreciate your help.


You only need the ___ files, which contain the data. The ___.msf files 
are indexes; if you don't copy them over, SM will create them automatically.


Best do this with the program closed, of course.

If you find that the new mail folder is not where you want it (in terms 
of your existing folder structure), you can click and drag it to the 
right spot within SM, and the program will take care of the underlying 
file/folder structure for you. The main thing is to get it to appear 
inside the program.


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Re: SeaMonkey 1.1.18 Folder Question

2009-09-26 Thread Mark Hansen
On 09/26/09 16:28, Paul B. Gallagher wrote:
 Sharon wrote:
 
 I have SeaMonkey 1.1.18 . Windows Vista.  I have some folders from an 
 older profile that I want to move to my new profile.  I found the 
 location of the profile and I worked my way to the MAIL folder. I found 
 the file that has the folders in my email.  At the top it shows folders 
  __.sbd and on the lower half it shows ___ file and ___.msf File. When I 
 find the folder from the older profile what do I bring over so it will 
 show in my  current email.I appreciate your help.
 
 You only need the ___ files, which contain the data. The ___.msf files 
 are indexes; if you don't copy them over, SM will create them automatically.

But don't the .msf files also contain all the flags and other things
you can do to the messages? Why throw that away if you don't need to?

 
 Best do this with the program closed, of course.
 
 If you find that the new mail folder is not where you want it (in terms 
 of your existing folder structure), you can click and drag it to the 
 right spot within SM, and the program will take care of the underlying 
 file/folder structure for you. The main thing is to get it to appear 
 inside the program.
 
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Re: SeaMonkey 1.1.18 Folder Question

2009-09-26 Thread Paul B. Gallagher

Mark Hansen wrote:


On 09/26/09 16:28, Paul B. Gallagher wrote:

Sharon wrote:


I have SeaMonkey 1.1.18 . Windows Vista.  I have some folders
from an older profile that I want to move to my new profile.  I
found the location of the profile and I worked my way to the MAIL
folder. I found the file that has the folders in my email.  At
the top it shows folders __.sbd and on the lower half it shows
___ file and ___.msf File. When I find the folder from the older
profile what do I bring over so it will show in my  current
email.I appreciate your help.


You only need the ___ files, which contain the data. The ___.msf
files are indexes; if you don't copy them over, SM will create them
automatically.


But don't the .msf files also contain all the flags and other things 
you can do to the messages? Why throw that away if you don't need to?


Well, I'm not a programmer or a developer, so if you prefer to wait for 
an authoritative answer from a pro, feel free.


But from what I've seen here over the years, I've gathered that it's a 
simple index file that makes it easier/faster to access the messages you 
want, but doesn't hold message content or features that are not 
redundantly held in the message file itself. I've deleted lots of .msf 
files over the years for various reasons, and it's never hurt a thing; 
occasionally it helps if the .msf file was somehow corrupted. The 
messages that were previously marked as read/unread survived with those 
features intact; I don't use the colored priority flags so I can't speak 
to that. And I've seen msf deletion frequently suggested as a solution 
to various problems, both here and at the Mozilla website. Just today 
the program itself suggested it to me when it had a problem truncating 
the Inbox. After I shut down and deleted Inbox.msf, I relaunched to 
find duplicates of the most recently downloaded messages: one set in the 
Inbox, and one set in the folder to which they were being filtered when 
the problem arose.


So I feel very confident in offering the advice, but there's a small 
chance I could be wrong.


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