Comments on: Sharing Firefox and Thunderbird profiles on a dual boot system http://www.plaintivemewling.com/articles/sharing-firefoxthunderbird-profiles-on-a-dual-boot-system Incessant chatterings of a young fart Thu, 22 Jun 2006 09:51:45 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.0.2 by: pierre MacKay http://www.plaintivemewling.com/articles/sharing-firefoxthunderbird-profiles-on-a-dual-boot-system#comment-376 Tue, 16 May 2006 17:22:21 +0000 http://www.plaintivemewling.com/articles/sharing-firefoxthunderbird-profiles-on-a-dual-boot-system#comment-376 I have been tryinbg to do this dual OS thing, starting from a solid Linux installation, but I am stuck because I cannot find anything named profiles.ini either in my own Documents and Settings folder (XP) or in \Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\ I upgraded to Firefox 1.5, and the install log files look fine. I even set the search for a total scan for the text string Relative, but nothing came up. THe log says that no components were corrupted. How do I get my XP Firfox and Thunderbird to look for the shared stuff on my shared Fat-32 partition, and is there any problem with the Linux "12" line-end as being different from the XP "1512" line-end? Many thanks Pierre MacKay I have been tryinbg to do this dual OS thing, starting from a solid Linux installation, but I am stuck because I cannot find anything named profiles.ini either in my own Documents and Settings folder (XP) or in \Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\ I upgraded to Firefox 1.5, and the install log files look
fine. I even set the search for a total scan for the text string Relative, but nothing came up. THe log says that no components were corrupted.

How do I get my XP Firfox and Thunderbird to look for the shared stuff on my shared Fat-32 partition, and is there any problem with the Linux “12″ line-end as being different from the XP “1512″ line-end?

Many thanks

Pierre MacKay

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by: benlisp http://www.plaintivemewling.com/articles/sharing-firefoxthunderbird-profiles-on-a-dual-boot-system#comment-373 Sun, 14 May 2006 16:05:51 +0000 http://www.plaintivemewling.com/articles/sharing-firefoxthunderbird-profiles-on-a-dual-boot-system#comment-373 I tried this with SuSE 9.3. First it worked fine, but after performing an online update Thunderbird 1.0.8 was installed and then it stopped working: On startup it claims that the profile is in use. Moving the profile back to a Unix filesystem the Thunderbird again can be started and the following link is created in vslqp3iw.default: lrwxrwxrwx 1 benni users 16 2006-05-14 17:25 lock -> 127.0.0.1:+21623 I suspect that creating such a link in a FAT32 system fails and then Thunderbird assumes that the profile is in use. After removing Thunderbird and reinstalling it from the original SuSE 9.3 distribution it works again. I tried this with SuSE 9.3. First it worked fine, but after performing an online update Thunderbird 1.0.8 was installed and then it stopped working: On startup it claims that the
profile is in use.

Moving the profile back to a Unix filesystem the Thunderbird again can be started and the following link is created in vslqp3iw.default:

lrwxrwxrwx 1 benni users
16 2006-05-14 17:25 lock -> 127.0.0.1:+21623

I suspect that creating such a link in a FAT32 system fails and then Thunderbird assumes that the profile is in use.

After removing Thunderbird and reinstalling it from the original
SuSE 9.3 distribution it works again.

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by: David http://www.plaintivemewling.com/articles/sharing-firefoxthunderbird-profiles-on-a-dual-boot-system#comment-294 Tue, 22 Nov 2005 19:50:24 +0000 http://www.plaintivemewling.com/articles/sharing-firefoxthunderbird-profiles-on-a-dual-boot-system#comment-294 Fixed it all. Starting with #3: http://kb.mozillazine.org/Master_password gave me the information I needed to reset the password. While I was at it, I changed the Firefox as well. #2 - I pulled down Tools->Theme->Install->(directory holding theme)->Open #1 - see above. Fixed it all. Starting with #3: http://kb.mozillazine.org/Master_password gave me the information I needed to reset the password. While I was at it, I changed the Firefox as well. #2 - I pulled down Tools->Theme->Install->(directory holding theme)->Open #1 - see above.

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by: David http://www.plaintivemewling.com/articles/sharing-firefoxthunderbird-profiles-on-a-dual-boot-system#comment-293 Tue, 22 Nov 2005 18:40:38 +0000 http://www.plaintivemewling.com/articles/sharing-firefoxthunderbird-profiles-on-a-dual-boot-system#comment-293 A word of caution: if you already have a working profile set up on u:\, DON'T delete it. I did this and now wish I hadn't, because the new profile doesn't get my old settings and I can't get the old profile back. ARGGH. I did this because I made a new directory (Old: G:\Thunderbird New: G:\Apps\Thunderbird) and needed a new profile. But the new profile does three things to me: first, it failed to get my old mail, which I solved by adjusting the local folders directory in the account settings; second, the skin I used is gone (I'll figure that out soon) and third, most disturbingly, a pop-up now appears requesting a Software Security password. I don't recall setting one when I first installed, so I'm at a loss on this. OK. Well, if anyone has a suggestion about the Security thing, I'd love to hear it. Thanks. A word of caution: if you already have a working profile set up on u:\, DON’T delete it. I did this and now wish I hadn’t, because the new profile doesn’t get my old settings and I can’t get the old profile back. ARGGH.
I did this because I made a new directory (Old: G:\Thunderbird New: G:\Apps\Thunderbird) and needed a new profile. But the new profile does three things to me: first, it failed to get my old mail, which I solved by adjusting the local folders directory in the account settings; second, the skin I used is gone (I’ll figure that out soon) and third, most disturbingly, a pop-up now appears requesting a Software Security password. I don’t recall setting one when I first installed, so I’m at a loss on this.
OK. Well, if anyone has a suggestion about the Security thing, I’d love to hear it. Thanks.

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by: gregor http://www.plaintivemewling.com/articles/sharing-firefoxthunderbird-profiles-on-a-dual-boot-system#comment-291 Wed, 16 Nov 2005 16:39:14 +0000 http://www.plaintivemewling.com/articles/sharing-firefoxthunderbird-profiles-on-a-dual-boot-system#comment-291 1. on my system (win xp / ubuntu) thunderbird works fine - i haven't testet firefox yet. i only share my mailboxes, adressbooks and the calendar files from the calendar extension. i wouldn't share the whole profile, as noted above there are some issues with win/linux filepaths. an by the way enigmail is a single platform extension. be careful with the hibernation while running thunderbird. sounds logical but i forgot an had some hassle to fix a corrupted mailbox. i solved it using the compact option from thunderbird. 1. on my system (win xp / ubuntu) thunderbird works fine - i haven’t testet firefox yet. i only share my mailboxes, adressbooks and the calendar files from the calendar extension. i wouldn’t share the whole profile, as noted above there are some issues with win/linux filepaths. an by the way enigmail is a single platform extension.

be careful with the hibernation while running thunderbird. sounds logical but i forgot an had some hassle to fix a corrupted mailbox. i solved it using the compact option from thunderbird.

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by: FredFrin http://www.plaintivemewling.com/articles/sharing-firefoxthunderbird-profiles-on-a-dual-boot-system#comment-290 Sun, 13 Nov 2005 16:15:32 +0000 http://www.plaintivemewling.com/articles/sharing-firefoxthunderbird-profiles-on-a-dual-boot-system#comment-290 1. Does this really work with Thunderbird? I tried doing the same thing with XP Pro & Suse Linux 9.3 some time ago, and recall there was some mail folder corruption after downloading mail via Linux. I thought at the time this was due to different Win/Linux line endings. Can anyone confirm this does not happen? 2. Just tried re-locating my firfox profile & noted if the original was deleted (incl files), firefox would hang after start (no menus avail, no default page). It works if the extensions folder can be found in the original location. I guess something's referring to that location in the settings with absolute path, have not found where yet. I use Adblock & TabMix etns only. I guess I should un- & re-install the extns ... 1. Does this really work with Thunderbird? I tried doing the same thing with XP Pro & Suse Linux 9.3 some time ago, and recall there was some mail folder corruption after downloading mail via Linux. I thought at the time this was due to different Win/Linux line endings. Can anyone confirm this does not happen?

2. Just tried re-locating my firfox profile & noted if the original was deleted (incl files), firefox would hang after start (no menus avail, no default page). It works if the extensions folder can be found in the original location. I guess something’s referring to that location in the settings with absolute path, have not found where yet. I use Adblock & TabMix etns only. I guess I should un- & re-install the extns …

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by: b9b9b9 http://www.plaintivemewling.com/articles/sharing-firefoxthunderbird-profiles-on-a-dual-boot-system#comment-288 Fri, 11 Nov 2005 15:42:40 +0000 http://www.plaintivemewling.com/articles/sharing-firefoxthunderbird-profiles-on-a-dual-boot-system#comment-288 Take care that "ln -s /path/to/fat32/profile/*.* ." means that a link is created also against prefs.js in the FAT32 partition This can be dangerous as in the winzoz file there are winzoz path names!!! Take care that “ln -s /path/to/fat32/profile/*.* .” means that a link is created also against prefs.js in the FAT32 partition
This can be dangerous as in the winzoz file there are winzoz path names!!!

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by: Ben http://www.plaintivemewling.com/articles/sharing-firefoxthunderbird-profiles-on-a-dual-boot-system#comment-287 Mon, 07 Nov 2005 10:01:49 +0000 http://www.plaintivemewling.com/articles/sharing-firefoxthunderbird-profiles-on-a-dual-boot-system#comment-287 WARNING: When following step 10: Enter about:config into the URL bar. Scroll down to the line that starts “browser.bookmarks.file”. Double-click it and enter /u/username/Application Data/Mozilla/Firefox/Profiles/default.nbl/bookmarks.html into the dialog box. Make a backup of your bookmarks file first!! Firefox decided to overwrite mine! Fortunately I have a paranoid backup strategy. WARNING: When following step 10:
Enter about:config into the URL bar. Scroll down to the line that starts “browser.bookmarks.file”. Double-click it and enter /u/username/Application Data/Mozilla/Firefox/Profiles/default.nbl/bookmarks.html into the dialog box.

Make a backup of your bookmarks file first!! Firefox decided to overwrite mine! Fortunately I have a paranoid backup strategy.

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by: tired http://www.plaintivemewling.com/articles/sharing-firefoxthunderbird-profiles-on-a-dual-boot-system#comment-286 Mon, 31 Oct 2005 04:53:18 +0000 http://www.plaintivemewling.com/articles/sharing-firefoxthunderbird-profiles-on-a-dual-boot-system#comment-286 you can edit profiles.ini directly instead of invoking "-p" you can edit profiles.ini directly instead of invoking “-p”

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by: Kieran http://www.plaintivemewling.com/articles/sharing-firefoxthunderbird-profiles-on-a-dual-boot-system#comment-285 Sun, 30 Oct 2005 17:14:32 +0000 http://www.plaintivemewling.com/articles/sharing-firefoxthunderbird-profiles-on-a-dual-boot-system#comment-285 An excellent, concise tutorial. This is (almost) exactly the method which I use. One issue that I would raise is that Firefox version 1.0.4(+) doesn't appear to have the browser.bookmarks.file variable, however, as Jeff pointed out, it's simple enough to link the bookmarks.html and bookmarks.bak to the shared profile folder. As a final word, I'd just like to point out that there is a <a href="http://linux-ntfs.sourceforge.net/index.html" title="linux-ntfs driver Home Page" rel="nofollow">linux kernel driver</a> available, which would save many users the need to share their profiles on a fat32 partition and, instead, access the winodws profile directly*. * Of course, you would have to set the permissions to allow this. An excellent, concise tutorial. This is (almost) exactly the method which I use. One issue that I would raise is that Firefox version 1.0.4(+) doesn’t appear to have the browser.bookmarks.file variable, however, as Jeff pointed out, it’s simple enough to link the bookmarks.html and bookmarks.bak to the shared profile folder.

As a final word, I’d just like to point out that there is a linux kernel driver available, which would save many users the need to share their profiles on a fat32 partition and, instead, access the winodws profile directly*.

* Of course, you would have to set the permissions to allow this.

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