I used Tomboy on a previous installation, however the Ubuntu One sync had stopped working (I had upgraded through several versions of Tomboy, and during that time I believe the storage system changed... possibly the reason).

Now I would like to migrate the notes to my Ubuntu 10.10 installation.

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Firstly you should set the synchronization options of tomboy choosing synchronize to local folder.

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Then store your the folder with removable hardware (you can also synchronize to dropbox). Set the tomboy synchronization path again after you reinstall your system to restore your notes.

I've done it before.


One thing I would recommend you don't do is copy the .note files over from one system to another.

I would use a different sync method (ssh sync for example) to get the notes synced to a new machine.



Tomboy notes are stored in ~/.local/share/tomboy/. So just copy them!

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    Don't do that. The note meta data held in the notes and elsewhere will cause the sync process to become confused, and there can be data loss as a result.
    – popey
    Nov 20, 2010 at 13:02

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