Migrating your Firefox Bookmarks and Thunder Address book & Filters

How do you migrate your bookmarks, address book and filters after a machine is upgraded with a different operating system or a new machine is configured ? These are the bare minimum to get you started and can be done for XP -> Vista migration using the following steps:

  1. For Firefox bookmarks, I use Foxmarks so that makes synchronizing bookmarks really easy.
  2. For Thunderbird filter rules, copy msgFilterRules.dat from C:\\Windows.old\\Documents and Settings\\Arun\\Application Data\\Thunderbird\\Profiles\\f9f1n842.default\\ImapMail\\<mail server name> to C:\\Users\\Arun Gupta\\AppData\\Roaming\\Thunderbird\\Profiles\\il6yju6t.default\\ImapMail\\<mail server name>. You can also consider if your mail server supports server-side filtering which would take one time effort to configure the filters but then would save the effort of copying this file between multiple instances of Thunderbird. The directory names f9f1n842.default and il6yju6t.default will be different in your case.
  3. For Thunderbird address book, copy abook.mab from C:\\Windows.old\\Documents and Settings\\Arun\\Application Data\\Thunderbird\\Profiles\\f9f1n842.default to C:\\Users\\Arun Gupta\\AppData\\Roaming\\Thunderbird\\Profiles\\il6yju6t.default. The directory names f9f1n842.default and il6yju6t.default will be different in your case.

I used these steps for upgrading my laptop from XP to Vista. I wish Thunderbird can provide similar plug-ins that allow the address book to be synchronized on multiple machines.

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Comments:

I was hoping you would write about "Windows to Solaris migration" :)

Posted by OdR on April 02, 2007 at 11:42 AM PDT #

Shouldn't it be just figuring out the appropriate directory on solaris ?

Posted by Arun Gupta on April 02, 2007 at 02:18 PM PDT #

Arun, This is great info. I have tons of message filters locally (I've never made the effort to set them up server-side), so it's helpful to know which file to grab. Same goes for the Address Book. I really like the Foxmarks plug-in. Very cool! Cheers, Mike

Posted by Michael DeLoia on April 04, 2007 at 09:06 AM PDT #

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