How to share profile between windows and linux?
I have a dual boot Windows 7 -- Ubuntu Linux setup. I had my Thunderbird profile in a disk partition accessible from both systems and was able to use the same Thunderbird profile in both operating systems, including access to many messages stored in local folders. After the latest update to Thunderbird 68, I was forced to create a new profile in Linux when I wanted to start Thunderbird and the old local folders are of course not in that profile. Is it now no longer possible to share the same profile in the Windows and Linux installations?
Use the Synaptic Package Manager to update the packages database. The latest version of Tbird is probably already added to the official Ubuntu repositories, but if it isn't, uninstall the old version then check out https://sourceforge.net/p/ubuntuzilla/wiki/Main_Page/Прочитайте этот ответ в контексте 👍 1
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Have you tried creating a new profile then pointing it to the old profile folder?
I'm afraid I don't understand what you're suggesting. I could create a link under a new name that points to the old profile folder, but that wouldn't change the content of the profile to make it compatible.
The current Thunderbird version in windows is 68.6.0 (32 bit); in Ubuntu Linux it is 68.4.1 (64 bit). The windows version is working as expected, and is using the same profile as before. When I use the profile manager to attempt to start Thunderbird in Linux with that profile, I get the error message: "A newer version of Thunderbird may have made changes to your profile which are no longer compatible with this older version ...".
So it appears that when I updated the windows version, it changed the profile structure, and the most recent Linux version is not compatible with that structure. Does anyone know, can we expect a new Linux version to be released that is compatible with the changed profile structure, or is the 68.4.1 Linux version really compatible with the new profile structure, but the error check is faulty?
That's Thunderbird's downgrade protection, and was introduced in version 67. A download of 68.6.0 for Linux is available here https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/thunderbird/all
Thank you. I was able to install the new version and run it from the directory in which it was installed with the shared profile. But perhaps you can help me to clean things up a bit.
The newly installed version is in a /tmp sub-directory. The old version is in /usr/lib/thunderbird. When I try to start Thunderbird from the Application Launcher, the old version is started. I'd like to get rid of the old version, have the new version installed in /usr/lib/thunderbird, and have the Application Launcher start the new version.
I tried moving the old version to usr/lib/thunderbirdOld as a temporary measure, and doing a recursive copy of the new /tmp/.../thunderbird version to /usr/lib/thunderbird. But now when I try starting Thunderbird from the Application Launcher, I get the error message "Could not find the program 'thunderbird' ". What should I do to get it set up properly? Should I reinstall the new version in usr/lib/thunderbird?
Use the Synaptic Package Manager to update the packages database. The latest version of Tbird is probably already added to the official Ubuntu repositories, but if it isn't, uninstall the old version then check out https://sourceforge.net/p/ubuntuzilla/wiki/Main_Page/
The problem was that the latest version of Linux Thunderbird is not yet in the Ubuntu repository, and the version currently there is not compatible with the user profile of the latest Windows version.