On Ubuntu 12.04 I've lost many mail. It just gets deleted. So, I also
lose them on my other servers. I love the Linux idea but I still don't
understand their modus operandi. I just can't depend on it long term
I and my daughters have used Thunderbird for email and Firefox for
working on line for many many years with no problem in both Ubuntu and
Have you checked /.thunderbird/filename.default/Mail and all the folders
The /filename.default will be something like c0abc24rt.default and there
may be 2 or more of them.
I occasionally copy and rename the existing one and keep it as a backup
for a week or so.
The /Mail folder will contain /Local Folders and your various mailboxes.
Each of these will contain a number of files and you can view Inbox,
Drafts, Trash, etc
If these exist and you can view your emails in plain text then the
problem is probably not Thunderbird, unless there was a fault in the
In which case you can simply rename the .thunderbird folder to
.mythunderbird or what ever then use the Add/Remove applications to
It will not remove the-renamed .file but will install a new one with a
From here there are 2 options, copy your /c0abc24rt.default/Mail folder
to the new one or alter the .thunderbird/profiles.ini which contains:
or what ever it's called and simply rename that to the correct one in
the .thunderbird folder the all your emails should be accessible.
either way, your mail if it exists, will be visible.
In any case practice making zip or Gzip backups of the .default file or
even the whole .thunderbird file.
Rebuilding is easy, losing stuff is not.
Hope this helps