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Anonymous (not verified)
Thunderbird Instances and WINE

John Haller deserves a medal or two for his work with these projects. Smile

In any case I'm trying a slightly more complicated than average use of PT than I'm sure was initially anticipated / intended.

I work with windows pcs and have one windows and one linux pc at home. I'm trying to get portable thunderbird up and running via wine on the linux pc. I've heard this is possible and so attempted the following:

I've copied /PortableThunderbird/ from my usbdrive to my /home/ directory on the linux pc. I think sy. link my profile directory to my flash drive (/home/[name]/PortableThunderbird/profile ==> /media/USB1/PortableThunderbird/profile). The profile is found peachily (if I unmount the thumbdrive it begins asking me if I want to create a directory in a new location). But upon execution wine spits out:

fixme:win:SetWindowTextA setting text "PortableThunderbird - Portable and Proud" of other process window (nil) should not use SendMessage
fixme:win:SetWindowTextA setting text "PortableThunderbird - Portable and Proud" of other process window (nil) should not use SendMessage
err:ole:CoGetClassObject class {4955dd33-b159-11d0-8fcf-00aa006bcc59} not registered
fixme:ole:CoCreateInstance no classfactory created for CLSID {4955dd33-b159-11d0-8fcf-00aa006bcc59}, hres is 0x80040154
fixme:font:load_VDMX Failed to retrieve vTable

And I get an xWindow with the following message:
Close Thunderbird

Thunderbird is already running but it is not responding. To open a new window you must first close the existing Thunderbird process, or restart the system.

Thunderbird isn't natively installed on this linux pc (at least it's not to any of my knowledge.

Anyone have any thoughts or ideas on how to remedy this?


mucky (not verified)
Portable Thunderbird + Ubuntu through Wine

I'm actually using Portable Thunderbird with wine directly from a USB HD.
It works (nearly) perfectly.
All I have done is install Wine, right click on the .exe and choose "open with wine".
Thank you PortableApps and Ubuntu, you changed my life.

cheuschober (not verified)
Actually this is quite

Actually this is quite interesting, a direct run of portable thunderbird with a locally stored profile (one within true reach of the relative naming scheme at least) DOES work in WINE, however (at least in my case) it was /horrifically/ slow, taking upwards of 3 minutes to simply open and initialize all my extensions and read my mail files.

It seems this actually has something to do with the direct interaction of symbolic links in linux and how thunderbird checks for multiple instances of itself -- I'm not a linux guru so I couldn't tell you the ins and outs of sym links just that it might be something to look into if / when the 'all inclusive multi OS' version of the suite makes an appearance.

Strangely, despite portable thunderbird's allergic reaction to the sym links I /was/ able to create a full TB installation on my linux machine and sym-link my local profile's important directories and files (mail / extensions / address book / key) to my profile as stored on my USB key with great sucess. This has solved, essentially, the immediate problem of being able to take one profile home with me (with both windows and linux machines but primarily linux machines) and to work (with windows machines only), and to wherever else I might end up in the windows world.

All in all I've been very pleased with the development of the portable apps line despite the fact that I'm certain I'm going to have to replace my usb key before the year is out as a result ;-). I'm looking forward to the future.


jure1873 (not verified)
thunderbird linux to use a portable profile

Using wine everything is too slow. Here's how I got tb (linux) to use the profile on my usb disk
1) I added this to my .thunderbird/profiles.ini


2) then i linked
ln -s /media/sda1/PortableApps/Data/PortableThunderbird/profile ~/.thunderbird/sda1

and now when I need to use the profile from my usb disk I do:
thunderbird -p sda1

It starts in under 1 second and it works fast.

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RE: Thunderbird Instances and WINE

Thank you John and everyone involved for PortableApps!
I have needed to use a portable email program and I like Thunderbird.
The programs work GREAT on my Windows XP laptop.
Also I get to enjoy them using wine on Fedora!!!
The menu and backup works too!
Using a 2.6.20 kernel and wine 0.9.32-1

I have a Kingston 1GB drive and it loads Thunderbird quite fast (


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