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Old 10-04-2006, 02:52 PM   #1
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Thunderbird email & addresses remotely or CLI


Hello,

I use Thudnerbird for email. I occasionally have to check my email from a remote computer (which may or may not be *nix, so X forwarding isn't a possibility).

Is there any way to check my local Thunderbird email remotely, such as via a command-line tool?

I guess if this doesn't work, my only option is to have my email stored in an IMAP account on another machine, and have Thunderbird check that.

But then I run into problems with not having access to my address book.

Thanks,
Jason
 
Old 10-04-2006, 03:34 PM   #2
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Never set this up before, just never got around to it or seemed to need it yet. You can setup vnc to be access through a java enabled web browser on port 5801. This will be a completely seperate desktop when done. Same if using a vnc client tool to access on port 5901. You can add vnc to the xorc.conf file to allow access to the exact same desktop but not sure if it will work with port 5800 then. Will work with a vnc client using port 5900.

Here are a few links to get started.
http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/5560
http://www.linuxdevcenter.com/pub/a/...ap1/index.html

If you like and get it going please post back on your setup for others. There might be post on the subject here. I just didn't use the search tool here. Lots of other info on google as well.

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Old 10-04-2006, 09:44 PM   #3
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With that approach, I could just forward X, but there is a bandwidth issue with either approach...

Not the mention the fact that it's tied to a Java-enabled browser.

I was really looking for something that's text-only or NCurses, something I could easily do over SSH.
 
Old 10-05-2006, 03:47 PM   #4
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No ideas other than coping the data to the local machine but my guess this would be a bandwidth issue as well. Only other idea is to leave the mail on the server and then have a USB stick with thunderbird on it based on all OSes you need. Leave as fat32 and maybe it can be setup to use a common mail database. Sorry out of ideas.

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Old 10-05-2006, 04:28 PM   #5
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What about just forwarding all your mail to a webmail account? Pick one that you can use thunderbird with. Then run thunderbird off a usb stick like Brian1 said.

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Old 10-16-2006, 10:53 PM   #6
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My question was pointedly about running over SSH.

I understand that this isn't the norm in these days, but I have a number of machines which don't have X windows (or any other GUI-type-thing) installed. I also want to have compadibility with devices which lack any GUI support at all.

So, I am wondering whether there is a way to get my email with a *text terminal* environment.

I think that I'm going to end up trying my initial idea, and setting up an IMAP server on my main machine which I can access both from Thunderbird and Pine, and somehow have fetchmail get all of the relevant mail and put it in the user's mail files on the IMAP machine.
 
  


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