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Restoring mozilla mail local folders

Ever since Mozilla Mail Went Nuts, I haven’t had a Local Folders account to store general and unsent messages. It seems that Mozilla got all its mail server IDs in a fankle, and needed some help to find its way again. Here’s how I fixed it:

  1. Enter Mozilla’s configuration editor from the URL about:config
  2. Find the highest mail.server.serverN entry. For me, this was mail.server.server4, so I chose server5 for my Local Folders. Yours may be different.
  3. Work out where your local folders are. It would be in a directory like /home/user/.mozilla/default/hfwi7xsc.slt/Mail/Local Folders. Yours will be different.
  4. Create the following values (right click, select New, then String):
    • mail.server.server5.directory set to /home/user/.mozilla/default/hfwi7xsc.slt/Mail/Local Folders
    • mail.server.server5.hostname set to Local Folders
    • mail.server.server5.name set to Local Folders
    • mail.accountmanager.localfoldersserver set to server5
  5. Exit and restart Mozilla.

When you next open up Mail, you’ll find your Local Folders are back.

2 replies on “Restoring mozilla mail local folders”

I am trying to figure out where Netwcape has stashed my local mail
folders. My netscape 7.1 is broken. I want to kill it (uninstall)
aand download (using IE) a new version of Netscape. But first I
want to copy the contents of my local mail folders on flash memory
so I don’t lose my current correspondence. Your path to local
folders is a help — I hope. Would you be willing to send me
an e-ping at my work address, so I can ask further questions if necessary? Thank you.

Constance, my mail is in C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Application Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\<weird name.slt>\Mail. I suspect yours might be in Application Data\Netscape, but I can’t be sure.

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