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Old 02-03-2004, 12:49 PM   #1
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Question Sharing email between WinXP and Redhat 9.0

I have been a home linux user for many years. I have recently (18 months ago) started to use linux at work. I use both WinXP and Linux to do software development. I would like to be able to share the mail from Kmail on linux to a mail program on windows. I want to do this on a machine that I dual boot linux and WinXP. I have a shared partition that all my Kmail is stored on. How can I get a WinXP based mail program to use that mail? I really want to see ALL my mail the same on both OSes.

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Old 02-03-2004, 02:06 PM   #2
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Hi Martin.

I don't use Kmail, as I use Mozilla as my mail client in both OSs. If you use Outlook in win, I think you might want to switch to Mozilla That said, I think kmail just uses standard mbox files for mail, so hopefully you can modify this for your own use. I've heard this successful with Eudora and Kmail, but never Mozilla and Kmail...

I do exactly what you want to with Mozilla, so this might be a little helpful. I think your primary stumbling block is "what email client in Win uses the same email format as Kmail..." I don't know that answer to that. If you wanted to try Moz, here's what I do.

Partition 1 = win (ntfs)
Partition 2 = shared (fat)
Partition 3 = mandrake (reiser)

Installed Mozilla in Mandrake, let it set up its default Mozilla directory (for me its /home/user/.mozilla/). The cool thing is that the directory structure for Mozilla is consistent across both OSs, so inside you'll find a folder called "default" and inside that you'll see an 8 character folder name (I'm pretty sure its randomly generated for security reasons... no point in having a predictable location for all email storage

Close Mozilla. Copy the randomly generated folder into your shared partition; make sure the partition is fat so that both OS can read and write (there are issues about writing to NTFS from linux that I didn't care to explore

Re-open Mozilla and go to Mail and Account settings. Do into server settings, and you'll see a path for local folders. Change the path to point to your shared folder, test it.

Boot into Win. Lather-rinse-repeat.

One "catch" I encountered (stupidly) was that you need to leave Mozilla set (in both OS) to leave mail on the server. That way you won't download it in one OS and it not be available in the other. The inboxses seem to stay separate. I'm sure there's a way around this... but I couldn't be bothered.

I've been doing this is Mozilla 1.3 and never a problem.
Old 02-03-2004, 02:09 PM   #3
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Just did a quick google and came up with this . The advice is very similar to mine but more detailed and probably easier to follow.


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