During my last years of using Mozilla Thunderbird for my E-Mailing, I always copied my whole profile folder to a new computer or a reinstalled system, which worked fairly well. I use the Lightning AddOn for calendaring and sometimes also Enigmail for secure messaging.
For a few months now, Lightning is behaving strangely. Oftentimes when I start Thunderbird, the Today pane misses all buttons and events and in the calendar view, the events are displayed but grayed out and no synchronization is possible. My assumption is that the contents of my profile folder over the years accumulated old data that now confuses the current program version(s). I suppose that it would work to create a new profile, but if possible, I would like to avoid the hassles of recreating all accounts and settings and just copy over the data which is really needed and current.
Question: What contents in the Thunderbird profile folder are really needed to describe the installed accounts including its settings? Is there a description of the profile folder structure somewhere around, besides the Thunderbird source code?