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I can't get past the logon screen after upgrading to 12.04 so I want to get a email backup and mozilla bookmarks before reinstalling. Can someone help me on this.

I'm getting permission denied when trying to access the evolution folder and when I do the ~/.mozilla is says files does not exist

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How do you try to access evolution and mozilla folders when you get access denied? With LiveCD? From tty1? Or other …? – Morpfh Dec 12 '12 at 1:17

Supplement to Firefox backup.

If you want to backup Firefox with everything: bookmarks, history, plugins … do:

  1. Backup /home/USERNAME/.mozilla/xxx.default
  2. Copy it to the new install (Same location)

Now you have two choices.


  1. Delete the existing xxx.default folder (added from new install).
  2. Edit /home/USERNAME/.mozilla/firefox/profiles.ini
  3. Change Path to match backup folder.

    Path=xxxx.default # Change this line

Or two

  1. Edit /home/USERNAME/.mozilla/firefox/profiles.ini
  2. Add entry for backup-folder

    [Profile1]        # Profile1
    Name=backup       # Give a name 
    Path=xxxx.default # Change to match backup folder
  3. Start Firefox with firefox -p and select backed up profile.

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If your /home is on a separate partition (logical volume), as long as your don't re-format the partition when re-installing, all data should preserve (you can backup before reinstalling anyway, just to be safe).

To back up your email and firefox bookmarks, several options

  1. CTRL + ALT + F1 (pseudo console), login and back up your email and bookmarks

  2. If openssh is up and running, you can use scp or rsync to backup on a different host

  3. If you prefer GUI, boot with a Ubuntu Live CD/DVD and mount your /home, back up your data in a Live Ubuntu Desktop session

Email For Tunderbird, backup ~/.thunderbird

For Evolution

user's data files $HOME/.local/share/evolution

Various configuration and state files $HOME/.config/evolution

Disposable data caches $HOME/.cache/evolution

Configuration settings in GConf $HOME/.gconf/apps/evolution

Refer to

Firefox bookmark in Firefox profile folder: ~/.mozilla/firefox/xxxxxx.default\bookmarks.html, you may also want to backup the bookmarkbackups folder (all json)

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I'm using evolution how do you get an archieve of that. – mike Dec 11 '12 at 23:39
Updated the answer with Evolution. – Terry Wang Dec 12 '12 at 0:12

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