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Yesterday I wrote an email while offline and, since it was not ready I chose the "save" option instead of "send later".

My account is a gmail account and now that I'm connected, I can't find the message I had written.

Can anybody help me find this message?

It is not in the drafts folder, nor in outbox, inbox or sent items. Local folders is empty.

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It may be in 'drafts' on the Gmail account (online). Can you check using the web interface to Gmail? –  david6 Oct 30 '12 at 20:40
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See the output of grep draft_folder ~/.thunderbird/*/prefs.js

I advice to use the thunderbird GUI for accessing this data ;-)
If the draft folder is not shown, check that this folder is subscribed.

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That was probably it. It was not subscribed. –  To Do Oct 31 '12 at 8:17
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This should be located in your Drafts folder - if it is not there then it probably was not saved.

Go > Folder > Local Folders > Drafts

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Probably when you set Thunderbird to save drafts in am imap folder, if you're offline saving doesn't work. This could be considered a bug. –  To Do Oct 30 '12 at 23:41
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