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Icedove Profile and NAS

#1 Postby smilliken » Fri May 22, 2009 11:39 pm

I'm looking for some assistance in getting my Icedove profile onto a NAS so that I can access my email account from any computer in the house, storing mail in one place. I have the following:

3-4 linux computers with M8 or the remaster on them
1 windows xp withThunderbird
Synology DS209J server setup with 2 - 640 GB drives set as RAID 1.

I've set up mount points using NFS on the M8 machines. All permissions are set to read/write to see if I can get things going.

I took by Icedove profile and profile.ini and placed them in a shared area on the Synology and edited the .ini file to show where the profile was located. I also changed the account settings in Icedove to reflect the profile location. When I open Icedove, nothing.

If I move the Profile to any of the stand alone M8 machines, Icedove sees the profile correctly and all the emails.

i have Googled and searched the Thunderbird knowledge base without luck.

Does anyone know if this can be done?

The server comes with a mail server on it, but it has a very poor manual and has lost me several time. I think it is more for setting up a domain, etc.
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#2 Postby m_pav » Sat May 23, 2009 5:38 am

If you have the nfs share mounted automatically at boot, you could simply first copy your working thunderbird profile folder (which no doubt you've already done) to the NAS, then rename the original hidden /home/<you>/.mozilla-thunderbird folder and symlink the copy from the mount point for the nfs share to your home, and provided it has the right folder name, you should have no troubles using it.

The problem you might run into is having multiple users simultaneously using the same folders and have the possibility of folder corruption, so add a cron.daily job to back it up every day, and set the mail server settings to leave a copy on the server for a few days before removing them after they are downloaded.

I use symlinks for a number of "parent folders" that would normally reside inside my home. The main point is, the network share must be mounted locally, or it simply may not work. My most recent symlink is a Windows guest through VirtualBox that I can use from any logged in local user account. Saves a lot of space and time. I made a 20Gb partition, copied my /home/michael/.VirtualBox folder to the new partition, changed the permissions to allow all local users read/write, renamed the original folder in my home, then created a symlink to the 3 users accounts home folder, easy as pie and it works flawlessly. Now I have a backup in my home and a working copy on a separate partition.

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#3 Postby smilliken » Sat May 23, 2009 8:50 pm

Thanks, I think this will work, but I'm a little new to the symlink. I have copied the .mozilla-thunderbird directory complete with the profiles files to the shared NAS and had the nfs share set up in fstab as follows:

xxx.xxx.x.xxx:/volume1/Mail /mnt/Mail nfs noauto,noatime,user,rw,nosuid,hard,intr,sync 0 0

When I get this working, I will auto mount the share at boot.

I renamed the original directory .mozilla-thunderbird in /home/Scott as .renamed

I used the following konsole as:

root@HP-DV4:/home/Scott# ln -s /mnt/Mail /home/Scott
ln: creating symbolic link `/home/Scott/Mail': File exists

What do I need to tweak?
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#4 Postby m_pav » Sun May 31, 2009 5:50 pm

Sorry for my tardy reply, My notebook died about 2 weeks back and I have been using borrowed systems. I get it back tomorrow. A symlink can be done through Konqueror, just find the thunderbird folder on the mounted share, drag it to your /home/<you> folder and choose Link Here. The original does not have to be hidden because you can rename the symlink in your home to whatever you wish and it will function as it should.

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#5 Postby smilliken » Sun May 31, 2009 9:46 pm

Thanks. I've tried everything to get this to work without any luck. I've even brought the profile to another computer and could not get it to work, not using the NAS. :angry:

I did this a couple of months ago prior to upgrading to SM8. I moved the profile to another computer with a beta version on it and it was very straight forward. Just worked with some help from the forum.
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