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GMail – grouping email contacts

June 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Problem:
A colleague asked me how to create a group of contacts. What happens is that he sometimes needs to email a bunch of guys and he does get tired typing in the same email addresses 5 times a day.

Solution:
Group contacts. This has been explained very nicely in the Gmail Help.
http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=30970
http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=30971

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Moving thunderbird mail

June 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Problem:
Did a clean install of Linux Mint Debian edition on a laptop. Needed to restore the old emails on Thunderbird. The instructions below are what I did for a Linux to Linux move.

Solution:
1. Before formatting the machine. Backup the thunderbird folder. Locations may differ. Linux Mint Gloria uses /home/user/.mozilla-thunderbird/ while Linux Mint Debian Edition uses /home/user/.thunderbird
To know where your files are open thunderbird. Get to the Account Settings. Click on Server Settings. Look for the place that says Local Directory. That is where your files are. Make a note of that. Close thunderbird and copy the entire folder to a different computer.

shell> cp /home/user/.mozilla-thunderbird to /home/user/mozilla-thunderbird_old
shell>scp -r /home/user/mozilla-thunderbird_old user@remote_machine_ip:/home/remote_user/

2. Backup any other files you want to back up.

For the paranoid user.
Install ImportExport available here http://www.nic-nac-project.de/~kaosmos/mboximport-en.html. Use it to backup your thunderbird files. Save the files on a different machine.

3. Go ahead and format and install new system.

After new install.
1. Start Thunderbird and create a test account. Then find out the location of profile files by checking in Account Settings again. (Repeat step 1 above.)
2. Copy over the old mail folder.

shell>scp -r user@remote_ip:/mozilla-thunder_old .

3. Overwrite the new folder.

shell>mv mozilla-thunderbird_old /home/user/.thunderbird

4. Start up thunderbird. It should start off with the “old” account setting.

5. If that did not work then install ImportExport add on and use it to get the files you have previously backed up.

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Icedove – Error: [Exception… “update.locale file doesn’t exist

June 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Problem:
I had the following error in my icedove error console.

Error: [Exception… “update.locale file doesn’t exist in either the XCurProcD or GreD directories” nsresult: “0x80520012 (NS_ERROR_FILE_NOT_FOUND)” location: “JS frame :: file:///usr/lib/icedove/components/nsUpdateService.js :: getLocale :: line 608” data: no]
Source File: file:///usr/lib/icedove/components/nsUpdateService.js
Line: 608

Solution:
Followed the instructions here. http://www.linuxplanet.org/blogs/?cat=4051

touch /usr/lib/icedove/update.locale

The error went away. Will keep monitoring though.

Update:
The error has not come back. Icedove works like a charm. So I guess the “fix” worked.

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