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I'm an absolute beginner at all of this. Please could someone CLEARLY explain (without assumption of any prior knowledge of operating Ubuntu, let alone 11.04) how I restore old Empathy logs now that I have 11.04. I know that I kept my old stuff in a partition but I don't know what to do to bring it back. The man who did this to my machine managed it last time but I'm without him and clueless. Please help.


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You can restore saved logs only if your Ubuntu installation as been upgraded from a previous version or if you (or the man who supported you) backed up your data in advance. Reading your question I understand your helper put all your old data in a separate partition/position.

If so, first of all, ask him where he put your old data, and take a note: from now on I'll call this path <OLD-PARTITION>. Then, note your user name: it is the name you can read in the top-right corner of your desktop in Ubuntu 11.04. I'll call this <your-new-username> from now on. Same for your old user-name before upgrading (in case it was different): <your-old-username>.

Now, open Nautilus, the file browser. If you don't know how to do, just open a terminal and type nautilus <OLD-PARTITION>.

Now you shall browse till you reach the path below. Starting from the <OLD-PARTION> part, you only need to right click folders between "/" to reach it. If you cannot see the .local folder, press CTRL+H in Nautilus to show hidden files. Once you reach the "TpLogger" folder, right click on the "logs" folder and select Copy:


Then, do the same to restore, using following path. Once you reach the "TpLogger" folder, right click folder list and select Paste:


After this, restart Empathy.

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Thanks. But I don't know what I need to open to find that path! If you could please elaborate (i.e. 'open Terminal', type this, do that...). That would be great. Thanks - sorry to be so ignorant but it's a complete mystery to me. – Girl May 15 '11 at 7:59
OK, I'll try to update and elaborate the answer. – igi May 15 '11 at 21:21
Brilliant, thanks. See, I did say beginner and I meant it! :-) – Girl May 15 '11 at 22:46
You welcome! If it worked, please mark my answer as appropriate ;>) – igi May 15 '11 at 22:51

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