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    Linux: Thunderbird and Fireox (Firefox and Thunderbird)

    Looking at the Firefox profile directory and the Thunderbird profile directory, there are hard paths encoded, so I ASSuME that it will not be possible to share those directories 'tween Windows and Linux.

    What about the Thunderbird mailboxes direcory?
    Can that directory be shared 'tween Thunderbird linux and windows? I'd have to move it to a FAT32 partition, currently NTFS.

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    Re: Linux: Thunderbird and Fireox (Firefox and Thu

    Is anybody here actually sharing Firefox and THunderbird stuff on a multiboot system using both Linux and Windows?

    In Linux fora, some have suggested that the profiles can be shared. I do not see how that can work:

    1. It is necessary to have a separate profile for Linux and for Windows, at least because:
    a. there are paths encoded within the files within each profile;
    b. different extensions may be used;
    c. Windows uses CRLF at end of record, Linux does not.

    2. Sharing of files such as Thunderbird mailboxes, address book, dictionary, and Firefox cookies, bookmarks, host permissions seem to also face the different end of record used by Linux and Windows.

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    Re: Linux: Thunderbird and Fireox (Firefox and Thu

    I am no longer doing the multi-OS sharing, but I did seven months ago.

    To do this, I had a FAT32 partition where I installed both of these programs, including their profile directories. Note, I had setup FF and TB in the Windows world first.

    Next, in my Linux installation, I manually edited the profiles.ini file for each package to point at my MOUNTED FAT32 partition, replacing the windows drive designation (eg. D with the related Linux path (eg. /mnt/hda3).

    This was working without any problems, and would still be in use, if I hadn't decided I no longer required a Windows environment on my primary PC.
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Re: Linux: Thunderbird and Fireox (Firefox and Thu

    Thanx, that's what folkes are saying.
    But for it to work, I am must ASSuME that:

    1. Firefox and Thunderbird are coded to allow eiter CRLF or LF as te record delimiter in the SAME file.
    Whilst this would work, makes it hard to examine a file with,say Wordpad.

    2. Wherever a path is coded within a file, there would have to be separate variables, one for each OS.
    I gues that I can find this out after installing.

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    Re: Linux: Thunderbird and Fireox (Firefox and Thu

    I don't know what you're looking for Howard.

    I've told you it worked for me, and how I did it.

    You'll note the profiles.ini is different for each OS, but other than that, I had both the Windows and Linux installation working off the same profile directories.

    You do backups. Try it - what's the worst that can happen? You'll need to restore the information afterwards if it doesn't work.

    Sometimes, you just have to trust the information that you've been given to an enquiry. Imagine that... trusting another person to provide useful and correct information.
    Christopher Baldrey

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