Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Can terminal be used to find where Thunderbird keeps email files?

share|improve this question

closed as not a real question by ChrisF, terdon, Indrek, Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, bwDraco Mar 10 '13 at 0:36

It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or rhetorical and cannot be reasonably answered in its current form. For help clarifying this question so that it can be reopened, visit the help center.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

I think you need Google, not terminal ;) Mozilla KB says it will be one of these:

  • ~/Library/Thunderbird/Profiles/<Profile name>/
  • ~/Library/Application Support/Thunderbird/Profiles/<Profile name>/

~ is your Home folder.

For finding files from terminal you may use the tool called find. A quick cheat sheet:

find [path] [-maxdepth depth] [-ctime n] [-size n[ckMG]] [-type type] [-perm permissions] [-exec command {} \;]

(these are just basic arguments, find is really powerful)

share|improve this answer
+1 for the first sentence - it made me laugh - and then for answering the question anyway. – Wayne Johnston Mar 9 '13 at 14:49

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.