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Old 12-14-2004, 05:11 PM   #1
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Firefox and Thunderbird with the same config on Linux and Windows

I read my emails using Thunderbird but sometimes it's on Linux and sometimes on Windows (on the same computer).

I'd like to know if it is possible to have the same configuration on Windows and on Linux. I'd like to be able to see all my emails I already have in the inbox on both platforms...If I read my emails on Linux and then, next boot, I read my emails on Windows, I'd like to be able to read the one I read before on Linux...Is it possible (by copying file? linking files? or is it configurable? any better ideas)

And the same thing is, I'd like to have the same bookmark on Linux and Windows. If I add one bookmark on Linux I can see it on Windows without doing anything...

I hope you got the idea of my question...

Thank you very much
Old 12-14-2004, 05:57 PM   #2
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You will need to place the directories on a FAT32 partition. Then set each program to the location where you put them. In Windows you may need to change a few settings in the registry. I think in Linux you just to use symbolic links to link the directories from your home directory to the directory that is on the FAT32 partition.

I suggest backing up the e-mail directories on both Windows and Linux before attempting this.
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What you could do is have a really small (few hundred mb) FAT32 partition and store your Thunderbird/Firefox settings and files there. Then point the programs in Windows and Linux to use that folder.

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Old 12-14-2004, 09:13 PM   #4
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Mozilla Provides this in Thunderbird's help. Here's the link.
How To Share Mail Between Windows and Linux
Old 12-15-2004, 06:14 PM   #5
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Simply using IMAP rather than POP protocols may accomplish what you want to do.
Old 05-14-2005, 10:07 PM   #6
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Yes this is a resurrection, but it is better than starting a new thread.

--In any case I tried installing my firefox profile to a fat32 partition so that both windows and linux can write to the profile. While in windows I have tried this but everytime I do so and restart firefox, the program just doesn't see, to want to read the profile. Is there some setting that I need to change?

This is the procedure that I have been following:

 1. Shut down Firefox completely (File > Exit).
2. Move the profile folder to the desired location. For example, on Windows,    
move the profile from C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\xxxxxxxx.default to D:\Stuff\MyProfile. 
If you are reading these instructions because you want to restore a previously backed up profile, this step isn't necessary. 
Just note the current location of the profile you want to restore.

3. Open up profiles.ini in a text editor. The file is located in the application data folder for Firefox:
          * On Windows XP/2000, the path is %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\
          * On Windows 95/98/Me, the path is usually C:\WINDOWS\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\
          * On Linux, the path is ~/.mozilla/firefox/
          * On Mac OS X, the path is ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/

4. In profiles.ini, locate the entry for the profile you've just moved. 
    Change the Path= line to the new location.

5. Change IsRelative=1 to IsRelative=0.

6. Save profiles.ini and restart Firefox.

Last edited by patkalolo; 05-14-2005 at 10:09 PM.
Old 05-19-2005, 01:42 AM   #7
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Simple solution for using firefox between both platforms on a dual boot machine. I must note that I was not able to use the same profile directory for programs on both platforms.

1. [In Windows]: create a firefox profile on a fat32 drive
2. [In Linux]: create a new firefox profile in linux in the default location e.g. file:/home/user/.mozilla/firefox/r4qj36he.default
3. [In Linux]: edit prefs.js file here: file:/home/user/.mozilla/firefox/r4qj36he.default/prefs.js
4. [In Linux]: add this to to the prefs.js file: user_pref("browser.bookmarks.file", "/mnt/fat32-d/firefox/bookmarks.html");

The last step edits the prefs.js file of you linux profile and tells the program to look for its bookmarks on the fat32 program.
Now save the file and enter firefox using the profile you created above.



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