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Old 06-27-2008, 06:37 AM   #1
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Share Thunderbird Emails between Windows and Linux

I have my Thunderbird email setup in Windows. I was thinking of trying to point Thunderbird in LinuxMint at that same directory and thus have access to the same emails in both OS's on my dual boot. The partition is NTFS which holds the files.

Any caveats to this that anyone can envision? Until I can switch 100% to Linux, each OS would be reading and writing to the same email store.

Old 06-27-2008, 06:46 AM   #2
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I've done this years ago with XP on FAT32 (eww) and never had a problem. I have no experience doing it with NTFS, but the steps would be:

1. Set up Linux to mount a small test NTFS partition. Get read/write working, copy large-ish files under Linux and test the md5sum after 'sync' just to make sure things are being written properly. Once you're happy that you know how to make that bit work:

2. Back up your mail on the NTFS partition.

3. Check out the Mozilla 'How To' and set up Moz under linux so that it uses your NTFS mail store. Check a bit to see if there's anything going obviously and horribly wrong.
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I've been doing this for the past two months with great success.

Caveat: Don't hibernate/sleep on one OS and boot into the other and launch Thunderbird. What a mess.

With that out of the way, it's actually pretty easy to do.

I created a small 10GB FAT32 partition that serves as my go-between for whatever I want to shuffle around, and to store my Thunderbird data. I still have misgivings about Linux writing to NTFS, so I felt the shared partition was the way to go.

With Thunderbird succesfully set up with an active message store on either side, stop Thunderbird, go to the .thunderbird folder (either in your Linux home or Windows "Documents and Settings" structure), and edit the Thunderbird .ini file. There's a use-relative setting that should be set to Y, and a path setting to point to where you want your message store - adjust to suit.

Then, copy or move the message store under some funky-gibberish named folder to your desired shared area. Launch Thunderbird again to verify it sees your email, and you're set for that side.

Boot to the other side and repeat the process.

It's worked quite well for me, even with a half-gig mail store.
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