Find and delete thunderbird's msf files to make your profile work quickly again.

find ~/.thunderbird/*.default/ -name *.msf | sed 's/ /\\ /g' | xargs rm {} \;
The thunderbird message datastores get corrupt some times causing random failures, compaction to fail and general suck in thunderbird. Removing them causes thunderbird to rebuild the indexes and makes things quick again.

2010-06-04 12:35:24

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xargs without -0 should be forbidden. It will catch you off guard some day. See why: Consider using GNU Parallel instead.
unixmonkey10455 · 581 weeks and 6 days ago
Deleting the .msf files also deletes profile-specific commands, such as retention periods. I had spent a long time setting hundreds of, but not all, folders to delete un-starred messages that were more than 30 days old. After deleting all my msf files, I lost that precious work. Don't delete msf files without thinking about the consequences!
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