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Old 10-15-2004, 12:19 PM   #1
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Sharing e-mail across Fedora and WindowsXP


I'm still new to linux so I'm dual booting Fedora and WindowsXP. I have the NTFS driver, but it doesn't give me write access, so I'd like to shrink my fedora partition (not sure what type it is -- whatever fedora uses by default I think) and create a FAT32 partition for sharing data across OS's. I'm asking how to do this on this board because most of the partitioning info google brings up is about how to use the partitioning tools during the install, but I already have FC2 installed, and I want to be extra cautious about anything that could result in loss of data ;p

One purpose of this is I'd like to be able to share the same e-mail and message filters in thunderbird on both Fedora and WindowsXP. So if I check my mail in one OS, that mail is still visible in the other. As far as I can tell this should be possible simply by changing where the local folder is stored in thunderbird under both OS's to be the same place on the FAT32 partition. Is there any reason this shouldn't work?

Thanks for the help,

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Old 10-15-2004, 01:47 PM   #2
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why not make it a ton easier on yourself, and set on of the thunderbird clients to not delete messages from the server?
 
Old 10-15-2004, 03:40 PM   #3
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Because I need the FAT32 partition for exchanging info between the two OS's for lots of other stuff. I code in python quite a bit, and I'd like to be able to test my code in both OS's easily, and the simplest way to do that would be to just keep it on a drive that they can both see. I'd also like to periodically back up a folder from an smb share regardless of which OS my comp is currently booted into, and as the folder is large saving it twice is really wasteful of space. Saving space by only having to install UT2K4 once would also be nice
 
Old 10-16-2004, 11:24 AM   #4
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Hi,

It's fairly easy : you set up your accounts in Windows XP and allow Thunderbird to put the account files in the default locations. For me it is:

/windows/c/Documents and Settings/Bob/Application Data/Thunderbird/Profiles/default/g8jk78.slt/Mail/pop.wanadoo.co.uk

For each POP3 account there is a folder to match. You can find the exact location in Tools, Account Settings, Server Settings

If you then boot into linux and use exactly the same folders for your account settings then you can access the same Inboxes etc from both linux and XP. Stired messages, contacts are all available.

This assumes that you read/write your Windows XP files from linux.

It works for me - hope it works for you.

Bob
 
Old 10-16-2004, 10:20 PM   #5
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I use my laptop as you are suggesting. The first partition is a rather large NTFS, the second is usually 1 or 2 GB of vfat and the rest are linux.

I set thunderbird to leave the emails on the server and only clear it as it gets full. Instead of pushing all of the email folders to the vfat partition I just move the local folders to the vfat partition. I sort emails from my various accounts into specific local folders anyway.

I also put the bookmarks file for Firefox on the vfat partition so my browsing is the same from either OS.

What little coding that I do is usually done in Bluefish. I only store files on the vfat partition that I may want to look at in Windows but they are few.

Last edited by flysideways; 10-16-2004 at 10:22 PM.
 
Old 10-17-2004, 10:32 AM   #6
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Hi,

I should have said in my earlier post that my Windows XP partion is Fat32 so there are no problems in reading or writing from Fedora. With XP on an NTFS partition, then a common Fat32 partitin would be required.

Bob
 
  


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