[Users] Moving to new computer

Michael Rasmussen mir at miras.org
Mon Dec 9 18:51:49 CET 2013

On Mon, 9 Dec 2013 09:38:13 -0800
John Jason Jordan <johnxj at comcast.net> wrote:

> Something is missing on the new computer, but I can't figure out what.
> All the accounts and configurations look exactly the same as on the old
> computer. What have I forgotten to transfer to the new computer?
I am pretty sure it has something to do with permissions. The literal
username and groupname is actually used by the OS numerically so if
your numerical value for user and group are different on your old
computer compared to your new computer claws will not be able to read
and write any messages in the folders.

How to fix: Shutdown claws and do the following:
sudo chown -R <username>:<group> ~/.claws-mail

you user and group info can be found running id:

My computer:
$ id
uid=1006(mir) gid=1000(mir)

compare the literal uid and gid to the old computer and you will
discover they are different.

Michael Rasmussen

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michael <at> rasmussen <dot> cc
mir <at> datanom <dot> net
mir <at> miras <dot> org
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