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Old 07-12-2005, 03:00 PM   #1
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Thunderbird .msf files broken! Windws/D read-only file system?

Dear LQ Users

I've been using THunderbird for over a year now, and I love it

So I thought of using the same files for both Window$ and Linux versions

So both programs write to folders at /Windows/D/MyName/Settings/Mail/

The problem started yesterday, I got some message that told me to delete the Co-Workers folder (that's one I really don't want to loose), I suppose something wrong happend with that folder.

Now, each and every time I start thunderbird, my /Windows/D system becomes read-only (impossible to umount it), and I can't read the Co-Workers folder

So I close Thunderbird , I start it again, and then I can't see any single email

What sholuld I do?

I might try use the Window$ version to see if that one works.

Old 07-12-2005, 04:42 PM   #2
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What's probably happened is the text formatting has become screwed up.

Linux/Unix/Macs etc. use a linefeed to mark an end of line, MS uses a linefeed followed by a carriage return. Also is the default encoding the same for both systems... theres probably other things as well are the thunderbirds the same version etc..
Old 07-12-2005, 08:05 PM   #3
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so what will u suggest me to do?
Old 07-13-2005, 01:36 PM   #4
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I haven't used thunderbird so I don't have any files around to look at, but if there text based you could open them up in an editor, ( Something simply like kate, vi, emacs ) and remove the extra character that will appear at then end the line lines made by windows. ( It will appear as a box ).

Make a backup before hand in case things screw up.
Old 11-15-2012, 04:50 PM   #5
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I think I'm experiencing a similar problem (and so is this guy).

I keep my thunderbird profile on a USB stick (FAT32 formatted) so I can use it across computers, but I only use the linux version of thunderbird (icedove 3.1.16). Everything worked fine for years until about a month ago, without any intentional changes to the system.

Here's what happens:
As soon as the first mail is downloaded (and all messages are deleted from the server ), the filesystem appears as read only to the user and Thunderbird says "This message may contain a virus or there is not enough disk space. Skip this message?". It doesn't make a difference what I click, the mail is completely lost.
ls -l still reports the user as owner of all files on the fs and gives permissions as "rwxr-xr-x", but trying to write to it results in the error "Read-only file system"
The user can still unmount the fs (e.g. via the context menu in thunar), and after remounting it, everything is fine again (until thunderbird is started again).
As root, the file system can be normally accessed and mount doesn't say anything about read-only.

I'd really appreciate any ideas on what could cause this, because it is extremely annoying.

Last edited by hedonismbot; 11-15-2012 at 04:57 PM.


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