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How to sync two computers?

I have Thunderbird installed on two different computers. How do I move mail from one computer to the other, ie merging or synchronising the the two accounts? My interpretation of MOZBACKUP is that information from computer A would overwrite the existing information in Computer B. The computers can talk to one another via a LAN.
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  • I archive both computers "SEND" emails to a local file on each, as well as older received emails. How do I sync these two installations, since they are no longer on IMAP?
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    I have an old desktop running XP Pro, which my wife and I both use, and a new portable, also running XP Pro, which we likewise both use. I would like separate accounts on both for personal files and Email. (I'll be the administrator and "honor bound" to respect her privacy). We have a home network, but no backup strategy.

    Here's what I want to do:

    1. Create a DropBox.net account for each of us.

    2. Dropbox stuff will be stored in "c:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\my Dropbox\whatever" on both computers.

    3. Put my Thunderbird & Firefox profiles in the above named folder (or subfolders), on both computers, along with the appropriate files for Email, addressbook, etc.

    4. As long as neither of us is logged into both computers at the same time, DropBox will syncronize the profiles, history, addressbook, Emails, etc.

    5. All sync, storage, and Backup problems go away, and the world is wonderful.

    Seems like a good plan to me (of course) - but is this doable? Is the default location of Thunderbird and Firefox info fixed, or can I move the files at will? Are there problems I haven't forseen?

    I'm neither computer illiterate nor a power user - so I'd like input as to whether this is doable, a good idea, and, if so, clues as to how to get started.

    TIA
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  • I did the above, and it works. I can get mor specific as to the procedure, nif requested. At this point I can't be sure how robust the solution is, but it looks promising. . . .
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  • I’m happy with this solution.
    Following general procedure by Rich, I put some notes in my modified Thunderbird profile.ini:


    [General]
    StartWithLastProfile=1

    ; For non-default profile location,
    ;
    ; * change IsRelative from "1" to "0" per http://www.mozilla.org/support/thunderbird/profile
    ;
    ; * replace Path with full path name to new profile. Note profile folder name change to something sensible.
    ;
    ; * Name was changed using the built-in profile editor, (windows command> "Thunderbird.exe -profilemanager")
    ; although I suspect it could just be changed here, as well.
    ;
    ; see also: http://support.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/kb/Profiles
    ; and http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_Manager is a good general explanation.
    ;
    ; Note that this is to support multi-computer sync, per procedure at:
    ; http://solicitingfame.com/2009/10/05/how-to-dropbox-your-firefoxthunderbird-profiles/ I am using a non-default Dropbox path, by the way.
    ;
    [Profile0]
    Name=RedSky
    IsRelative=0
    Path=C:\Users\******\AppData\Local\Dropbox\My Dropbox\Thunderbird\profile.RedSky
    Default=1
    ;
    ; Bonus: I actually have two users to set this up. I installed Dropbox twice to create
    ; two separate accounts, per guidance from Dropbox e-manual, on the main computer.
    ; I then installed Dropbox once on each of the two alternate laptops. This keeps the
    ; two Thunderbird profiles distinct, as well as giving each user their full two GB storage.
    ;
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  • Hello rjvincent:

    What exactly do you want?

    - Have the same profiles in the same machine?...
    - Have your mail sinchronyzed between the two computers?...

    In case that you want the two profiles in the same machines you can follow the link or the info provided by Rich

    http://solicitingfame.com/2009/10/05/...

    In case that you only want the mail sinchronyzed between the two machines, without use 3 party servers you can configure the two computers to use IMAP mail accounts.

    Hope this help you!
    Thanks in advance!
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