I have recently discovered Portable Apps, like the idea and would like to switch as much of my software usage to this suite as well as other portable programs, to give me more flexibility while commuting and travelling.
While taking a look Portable Thunderbird 1.5, I found the behavior described below, which to me looks like a feature (?) / problem of the PTB launcher.
Has anybody encountered this as well and found a solution ?
Did I do something wrong, if so, what do I need to change ?
Your help would be most welcome ...
- Win98SE on ancient 200 MHz-PC (but works fine for me and my needs ;-))
- Portable Apps from "portable_apps_suite_1.0_beta.zip"
- PTB in local folder on PC-HD
- PTB on USB stick (a copy of local PTB apps and data dir), mounted (e.g.) as N:
- Mail in folder "Thunderbird Mail" on OTF-encrypted local scramdisk (i.e. on PC-HD, not USB-stick yet), mounted (always) as Z:
- To have identical PTB and data on PC and USB-stick
- Secure mail (and other data) on encrypted disk volume
(Dekart Private Disk Light 1.22 likely to replace Scramdisk for this on USB stick, since it seems to be the only program available that runs under Win98, WinXP and from USB and that does not require admin privileges. If you do not know Scramdisk, think precursor of TrueCrypt. ;-))
- Local copy: PTB started via "PortableThunderbird.exe" correctly shows my mails and "Z:\Thunderbird Mail" as the local directory (tools -> account settings -> local folders).
- Copy on USB stick: PTB started via "PortableThunderbird.exe" shows no mails and "N:\Z:\Thunderbird Mail" as the local directory. (Since this does not exist, small wonder no mails are shown.) This local directory cannot be changed (e.g. by "browse" and picking "Z:\Thunderbird Mail"), it insists on "N:\[actual partition and path picked]".
Can PTB in this form use a local file on the same partition only ?
- Copy on USB stick: PTB started via "Apps\PortableThunderbird\thunderbird\thunderbird.exe" (i.e. w/o the launcher, if I understand this correctly) correctly shows mails and "Z:\Thunderbird Mail" as the local directory to use.