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Old 03-15-2009, 12:58 PM
Ray Parrish
 
Default Dual boot XP/ubuntu and symbolic links from XP to Kubuntu

Stephen wrote:
> Ray Parrish wrote:
>
>> Stephen wrote:
>>
>>> Dave Woyciesjes wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>> Stephen Constantinou wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> Alan_Dacey@horizonblue.com wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>> >. . .
>>>>>> >I do not want to copy all my user files from XP onto the Linux
>>>>>> >partition. To this end I have learned (via this forum) how to mount the
>>>>>> >xp/ntfs partition at boot up and now the XP file structure (of C
>>>>>> >. . .
>>>>>> >From within Kubuntu the xp folder containing the e-mails is owned by
>>>>>> >root: and all groups can view & modify. This is also true of the
>>>>>> >individual e-mail boxes/files.
>>>>>> > From within Kubuntu/thunderbird the folder containing the e-mails is
>>>>>> >owned by stephanos (the only user) and owner can view & Modify. Group
>>>>>> >and Others are forbidden. The individual e-mail boxes/files clearly
>>>>>> >state that they are links and do not have permissions.
>>>>>> >
>>>>>> >Questions
>>>>>> >1) Is what I am trying to achieve impossible or have I missed something?
>>>>>> >2) Should I be turning those permissions that say Forbidden into Can
>>>>>> >View & Modify?
>>>>>> >
>>>>>> >Any help appreciated
>>>>>> >
>>>>>> >Stephen
>>>>>>
>>>>>> The first question I ask is why are you even linking? Why not just
>>>>>> use the folders on your C drive as your data folders for the email?
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Anyway, What you are trying to do should be possible, but some more
>>>>>> information would be nice.
>>>>>> You said that you mounted it at boot? What is the relevant line in
>>>>>> your fstab file? Also if you could ls -al the directory and post here
>>>>>> so that we could see the details of the links you made?
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I also do the same thing with my computer and have no problems with
>>>>>> what you are describing, but it has been a while since I set it up.
>>>>>> Off the top of my head, I seem to remember having problems with the
>>>>>> line in /etc/fstab. I think it should end with 0 0 (zero zero)
>>>>>> I think you may also have to change the ownership of the folder
>>>>>> ie: sudo chown stephanos stephanos
>>>>>> (I only guessed at the stephanos'es, check your system first!)
>>>>>>
>>>>>> If that doesn't work try changing the permissions on the folder using
>>>>>> the chmod command
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Alan
>>>>>>
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>>>>>>
>>>>> Dear All
>>>>>
>>>>> Thanks to Alan, Derek and Walton. Before I go down the avenue of ls
>>>>> etc, I just want to explore with Alan his first suggestion about loading
>>>>> the mail boxes directly from C drive.
>>>>>
>>>>> Alan, I thought about this and could not remember why I did not try
>>>>> this. Many years ago I did just copy them over/import them from win98
>>>>> into Mandrake and they did work. I was always hoping to improve the
>>>>> situation.
>>>>>
>>>>> With Thunderbird (XP), inside the account section, on the Server
>>>>> Directory list on the left, there is indeed a Local Directory display
>>>>> that points at the location of the mail boxes and a browse button to
>>>>> change the location.
>>>>>
>>>>> With Thunderbird (Kubuntu), there is not. Now I am surprised by this.
>>>>> Such an option does exists in Thunderbird (Kubuntu) for the Local
>>>>> Folders only and not for accounts that I have made. In total I need to
>>>>> set up five e-mail accounts each with their own Inbox's.
>>>>>
>>>>> Is my Thunderbird different to yours?
>>>>>
>>>>> Thanks and wait to hear
>>>>>
>>>>> Stephen
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>> It's acting different than TBird (2.0.0.19) here on my Ubuntu
>>>> machine, and every other TBird install I've seen, regardless of OS...
>>>> Did you install TBird from Ubuntu repos, or somewhere else?
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>> Dear All
>>>
>>> I posted a question on the mozilla/Thunderbird forum and solved this one.
>>>
>>> I am embarrassed to say that the window showing the server setting only
>>> had to be resized to show the Local Directory.
>>>
>>> I have now pointed this to the xp partition and tested it. I am now
>>> able to see the and use the same mail folders in both xp and Ubuntu. A
>>> much better solution than using symbolic links.
>>>
>>> Thanks to all and thanks to Alan for suggesting this
>>>
>>> Best wishes
>>>
>>> Stephen
>>>
>>>
>> Hi there,
>>
>> Congratulations on figuring out how to do this! I just wanted to warn
>> you about one thing that can go wrong when editing files on the Win XP
>> drive from within Ubuntu. If you have System Restore monitoring the
>> drive where your email files reside, or any drive which you make changes
>> to from within Ubuntu while Windows is not running,, on the next boot
>> into Windows, System Restore will detect the changes, and you will lose
>> all of your restore points. This only applies if you change files of a
>> type which System Restore actually monitors, so it may not apply to your
>> mail files.
>>
>> Just thought you might like to know that little fact. 8-)
>>
>> Later, Ray Parrish
>>
>>
>
> Dear Ray
>
> This is worth knowing as I have to maintain XP for my wife and I was
> using system restore for back up points.
>
> I will bear this in mind
>
> Thanks
>
> Stephen
>
Hello again,

The following link is to a Microsoft MVP web site that spells out in
details all of the thiings you might want to know about System Restore.
This page in particular spells out exactly which files and folders
System Restore in Windows XP does, and does not monitor.

<http://bertk.mvps.org/html/filesfolders.html>

The rest of this web site has many more interesting details about System
Restore in Windows XP, Windows Vista, and even has a link to Tech
Support for System Restore in Windows ME.

Later, Ray Parrish

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