Since moving from Eudora to Thunderbird on the PC, I've become a huge fan of the Mozilla e-mail client, so I definitely wanted to continue using it as I moved to the Mac. This proved more difficult than I expected but there's a reasonably simple solution for Thunderbird v1.x (it's untested with v2.x). Simply moving the Thunderbird profile from the PC to the Mac doesn't fly (or at least it didn't for me); Thunderbird just hangs up when it tries to access these files. Instead, the process is somewhat more granular. Here's an overview, and if anyone wants more details, feel free to contact me.
- Install Thunderbird on your Mac.
- Open Thunderbird, and create your main mail account. Don't download any mail yet; just create the account.
- Copy your Thunderbird profile directory from your PC to your Mac. (In Windows 2000 and XP, the default profile locations are under "Application Data", which is a hidden folder. In Explorer (i.e. double-click My Computer) click: Tools → Folder Options → View (tab) → Show Hidden files and folders.)
- In this folder (on your Mac) and all its subfolders, you must move any file with a ".msf" extension to the Trash. I created a little Automator workflow to do this (called "Move .msf to Trash", contained in this zip file), which you can download (Ctrl-click, Save As...). To use it, open the folder in Finder, select all the files (Command-A) and then run the Automator script. You must do this for every folder in which .msf files appear.
- Now copy "Local Folders" to your Thunderbird Mail folder on your Mac.
- Open Thunderbird -- you should be done!
If you have more than one mail account, create all of them in step 2 (but don't download any mail). Then you can copy your old mail files into the directory structures that Thunderbird creates upon account creation.
You can also copy over these files to preserve your settings from your PC:
- Filters -- msgFilterRules.dat (goes into your Local Folder)
- Address Book - abook,mab (goes into your profile directory)
- Junk Training - training.dat (goes into your profile directory)
Note that this procedure doesn't save all of your settings and whatnot, which necessitates a little monkeying around, but it gets the bulk of the job done. If anyone knows a more complete procedure, please let me know!
[Updated 4/20/2007 22:23 EDT: Fixed the link to the "Move .msf to Trash" workflow. Made clear that this fix applies to Thunderbird 1.x.]