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I need to sync Thunderbird between two machines, everything, so emails, rules, add-ons, everything.

I've read that you can copy /home//.thunderbird/x7x7h7.default to the other machine, add a new profile in profiles.ini and just start it up. But when I do, Thunderbird is like it's never been used, prompting to add email account and having no content whatsoever.

Any idea where I'm going wrong? Is there other content to sync maybe?

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    The ~/.thunderbird/profiles.ini file is probably wrong for the existing directory structure. On machine B remove the ~/.thunderbird directory or rename it to ~/.thunderbird.old or something. Copy over the entire ~/.thunderbird directory from machine A. Rules, filters, etc shouldn't change much and you should probably use imap for mail storage so that the messages always stay on the server. – ivanivan Jun 17 '18 at 0:01
  • Well that's odd, it's worked. profiles.ini was correct as it was a relative path and all files were copied (profile dir and profiles.ini), no hidden files/dirs. But copying the .thunderbird folder worked. Feel free to post it as a solution and I'll accept! – aSystemOverload Jun 17 '18 at 22:57
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The ~/.thunderbird/profiles.ini file is probably wrong for the existing directory structure. On machine B remove the ~/.thunderbird directory or rename it to ~/.thunderbird.old or something. Copy over the entire ~/.thunderbird directory from machine A.

Rules, filters, etc shouldn't change much and you should probably use imap for mail storage so that the messages always stay on the server.

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