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 +Thunderbird:​ Sharing email data across operating systems
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 +(J C Nash -- started 20090918)
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 +If you have a dual boot system or multiple computers, then it is useful to be able to use a single email client on each system you use AND have access to the same data. This is particularly helpful if you use POPmail, which downloads mail to a "​local"​ file store.
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 +Caveats: ​
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 +1) There are several options for copying or linking files. These may have different implications. ​
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 +2) I have not tried networked drive storage (but would like to -- I have a Koolu on my LAN).
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 +**Starting situation**
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 +You have one system on which Thunderbird (I've been using version 2.0). In my case Ubuntu Hardy. I want to migrate to Ubunut Jaunty and put it on another disk or disk partition.
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 +Recipe 1:
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 +I installed Tbird in Jaunty, and started a setup, but exited as soon as I had provided a "​name"​ (my email account name). Then I made sure I could access /​home/​myname on the Hardy system. I use a 2 pane file manager to do this (Gnome-commander,​ emelfm2 or mc). If I have the Hardy system mounted as
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 +/​media/​hardy
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 +(your system WILL BE DIFFERENT)
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 +then I want to find the (hidden) subdirectory
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 +/​media/​hardy/​home/​myname/​.mozilla-thunderbird
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 +and particularly note the account directory -- on mine it was ne6rajhw.default
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 +On the Jaunty side, I erase contents of 
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 +/​home/​myname/​.mozilla-thunderbird
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 +I create a link to the hardy account
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 +ln -s ne6rajhw.default /​media/​hardy/​.mozilla-thunderbird/​ne6rajhw.default
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 +and copy the profiles.ini across.
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 +The last step is to make the local storage agree. On my system I store local (downloaded) mail in /home/Mail on the hardy side. In Tbird, if I look in Edit/​Acccount_Settings/​Local folders, I see /​home/​Mail/​Local. This will get messy on Jaunty, so on the jaunty side, I create (as root) a link in /home
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 +cd /home
 +ln -s /​media/​hardy/​home/​Mail Mail
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 +Other comments and suggestions welcome, especially for networked storage. ​
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 +I am about to set up a similar common email for my wife on a Win/Lin dual boot netbook. I've done this before much as above, but details may need to be confirmed.
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 +JN
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