Cannot read or uncompress mail files

Discussion in 'Firefox' started by jtk6204, Jan 6, 2006.

  1. jtk6204

    jtk6204 Guest

    I posted the following in the the Thunderbird google group -
    is there an answer to this from the Mozilla group? I expect the
    compression/encoding mechanism for mail messages is the same between
    the two products:

    ----
    I have pulled Thunderbird 1.0.7 mail files off an old Windows XP disk
    (e.g., Inbox, Inbox.msf) and I do not think they were corrupted. I
    tried to read them in a new installtion of Thunderbird, but it looks as

    if most of the upper content was compressed or encoded. I was not able

    maintain the Thunderbird directory structure under 'Application
    Data/Thunderbird' as it was on the old system, but I do think I have
    retained all the files from there. With just the Inbox and Inbox.msf
    transferred to a new 1.0.7 installation, I see only the last few mail
    messages in my Inbox pane.


    Could someone tell me how to get Thunderbird to decode and read the old

    mail files? I tried letting it regenerate the '.msf' files, but that
    didn't seem to do much for me.


    Thanks,
    Jim


    Hex dump of the first block from my Inbox:


    $ od -bx Inbox


    0000000 157 063 270 157 063 271 160 063 271 161 063 271 161 063 271 161

    336f 6fb8 b933 3370 71b9 b933 3371 71b9
    0000020 063 271 161 063 272 163 064 272 162 064 274 163 064 274 164 064

    b933 3371 73ba ba34 3472 73bc bc34 3474
    0000040 274 163 064 274 164 064 274 163 064 274 163 064 274 163 064 274

    73bc bc34 3474 73bc bc34 3473 73bc bc34
    0000060 163 064 274 163 064 274 163 064 274 163 064 275 163 063 275 163

    3473 73bc bc34 3473 73bc bd34 3373 73bd
    0000100 063 275 164 063 275 165 063 276 165 064 276 165 064 277 166 064

    bd33 3374 75bd be33 3475 75be bf34 3476
    0000120 276 165 064 277 166 064 300 166 064 300 166 064 300 167 064 300

    75be bf34 3476 76c0 c034 3476 77c0 c034
    0000140 167 064 303 173 070 306 177 075 307 202 077 311 204 102 312 206

    3477 7bc3 c638 3d7f 82c7 c93f 4284 86ca
    0000160 104 312 207 106 314 207 106 313 207 106 313 206 105 313 206 105

    ca44 4687 87cc cb46 4687 86cb cb45 4586
    0000200 313 206 105 313 206 105 313 206 105 313 206 105 313 206 105 313

    86cb cb45 4586 86cb cb45 4586 86cb cb45
    0000220 206 105 313 206 105 313 206 105 314 207 106 314 207 106 313 206

    4586 86cb cb45 4586 87cc cc46 4687 86cb
    0000240 105 314 207 106 314 207 106 314 207 106 314 207 106 315 207 106

    cc45 4687 87cc cc46 4687 87cc cd46 4687
    0000260 314 206 106 315 207 106 315 206 105 315 206 105 315 206 105 315

    86cc cd46 4687 86cd cd45 4586 86cd cd45
     
    jtk6204, Jan 6, 2006
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  2. jtk6204

    Doug G Guest

    While TB is closed, copy the files that don't have extensions into an
    existing profile's \Mail\Local Folders folder. Rename the files if you
    don't want them to overwrite mail files already there. Thunderbird will
    create the .msf files when they are needed. Be sure the transplanted
    files aren't marked read-only.

    If you can't read the files that don't have extensions in a text editor
    like Notepad, they may be corrupted.
     
    Doug G, Jan 9, 2006
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