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I found a folder called ~/.local/share/TpLogger/logs. If I just copy that folder, and paste it into a new installation, will my logs be preserved? Or will they not be associated with the new accounts? I don't want to risk it until I know for sure.

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Yes, that will work on Ubuntu 10.10.

On 10.04 (and I assume older versions), the folder you need to copy is ~/.local/share/Empathy/logs/ .

If you use nautilus (the default file manager) to copy/paste the folder, you will need to allow it to 'merge' the folders when you paste.

You could use this command to backup:

cp -r ~/.local/share/Empathy/logs/* /path/to/backup/directory/empathy-logs

or cp -r ~/.local/share/TpLogger/logs/* /path/to/backup/directory/empathy-logs

And this command to restore:

 cp -r /path/to/backup/directory/empathy-logs/* ~/.local/share/Empathy/logs/

or cp -r /path/to/backup/directory/empathy-logs/* ~/.local/share/TpLogger/logs/

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There is no folder ~/.local/share/Empathy on my Maverick install. Only ~/.local/share/TpLogger/logs, which definitely contains my Empathy logs (I can read the XML files in plain text to make sure). – Matthew Pirocchi Sep 17 '10 at 20:13
Sorry, I didn't notice the 10.10 tag. I have now corrected my answer. – dv3500ea Sep 18 '10 at 13:30

~/.local/share/TpLogger/logs is the path to the empathy logs. The version of Empathy in Maverick uses telepathy-logger to log.

I haven't tested restoring those, but I think account names are consistent, so should work.

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Just tested on a fresh install of the Maverick beta. The account/folder names are consistent, and everything worked as expected. – Matthew Pirocchi Sep 18 '10 at 0:12

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