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franziskus
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Use ONE Inbox for PC and MAC Version of Thunderbird Portable

Hello everybody!

I've decided to use Thunderbird P.E. (V 2.0.0.17) from an USB-stick from now on.

The Windows version is now running and I immigrated my old Thunderbird account (plus Inbox, adresses etc.) into it.

My laptop is a macbook, I therefore also installed the MAC-Version of Thunderbird P.E.
I would like to be able to use the same account the Windows-Version uses with full access to the e-mails that are already in the Windows-version's inbox.

I'd be very thankful for any hint!

John T. Haller
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IMAP

IMAP is best since it keeps all your emails on your server and you can access them from any client as well as your webmail interface in case you forget your portable device. Every email provider worth their salt gives IMAP access these days, even free ones like Gmail.

If you don't want to (or can't) use IMAP, you can move the mail files back and forth from the Mac. Or you can point the Mac to use Thunderbird Portable profile, I think, using the profile manager on the Mac. It's a little odd, but this is how you do it:
http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20040226134437855

I'm not sure if that will work or not, so please make a backup copy of your profile first.

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

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Leave a copy on the server

Another option is to instruct Thunderbird to leave a copy of the message on the server.

If you're in tools -> account settings -> Server Settings there will be an option to leave a copy on the server. There will also be an option to remove the email after a specific number of days as well, or remove it when you delete the email.

franziskus
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Write Privilege Problems

Okay, for personal reasons I decided, not do use the IMAP-Method.

I installed both windows and mac-version on the usb-stick. Then I imported on old local folder into the windows-version.

I adviced both applications to use the windowsversion's subfolder "data/profile" as local folder.

The windowsversion finds the two accounts that are part of the imported local folder, the mac-version doesn't. That doesn't bother me, since I'm only using one of these accounts (the one that is available with both applications).

What, however, bothers me is that the error message

"Unable to write the e-mail to the mailbox. Make sure the file system allows you write privileges, and you have enough disk space to copy to the mail box."

What can I do about this?

MiK
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Wait

@ franziskus:

"What can I do about this?"

Come back in one month... Wink

franziskus
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???

Sorry, I didn't get that one.

What do you mean?

Is it a common problem?

MiK
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Common Problem?

Asking for a free advice, receiving it, and then not bothering self with leaving any feedback...

I'd say, yes, it is quite common. Smile

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Common Problem

I'm sorry if I caused any distraction.

I had some problems with my internet access for the last couple of weeks. Once I got it working, I saw that the hints that thankfully already were at hand were helpful, but not the real solution for me.
Therefore, I thought posting my way of eventually solving the problem and improving the method might be helpful for everybody.

MiK
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Now that's what I call

Now that's what I call feedback! Wink

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"Another option is to

"Another option is to instruct Thunderbird to leave a copy of the message on the server."

Just be aware that won't work with Gmail, because once a client downloads a message from Gmail via POP, Gmail internally marks it as "downloaded" and you can't download it again, unless you go to Gmail's settings and tell it to download all messages again. You can't do it on a message-by-message basis, sadly. Sad

IMAP doesn't have this limitation, fortunately.

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