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run 2 instances of thunderbird?
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AngelOfHope

Joined: 25 Mar 2006
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PostPosted: Sat 21 Oct 2006, 17:47    Post subject:  run 2 instances of thunderbird?  

Hi, I was just wondering if it is possible to run thunderbird as root and as another user at the same time, with different settings.
This would be very usefull to get my parents also to use thunderbird.

Thanks
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Bm


Joined: 16 Apr 2006
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Location: Brussels

PostPosted: Sat 21 Oct 2006, 18:14    Post subject:  

Unless you have two keyboards, it seems to me difficult to run a program as root and as another user at the same time. Wink but I understand what you wonna do.

1 - protect root with a password, so your parents can't go into your stuff.
2 - reserve the other user for your parents. You will have two root(home) directories one for the user root and one for the other one. You will have two profiles too, but for extra security give different names at the profiles.
3 - setup the other user so they only can start Thunderbird with their profile. See how to do that: http://kb.mozillazine.org/Command_Line_Arguments#For_Linux_and_Mac_OS_X_users
4 - if you have already a real working thunderbird installation, backup first your data before doing tests.

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marksouth2000

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PostPosted: Sun 22 Oct 2006, 07:15    Post subject:  

Be very careful not to run 2 instances of Thunderbird as the same user. The second will happily create new config files over the top of the existing ones, and hose your settings, your email, everything. Shocked
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AngelOfHope

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PostPosted: Sun 22 Oct 2006, 08:33    Post subject:  

Thanks bm and thanks for the warning marksouth2000

This is what I tried:
I added a user called ouders
I tried opening thunderbird like this:
#su ouders
$thunderbird --profilemanager

This way I created a profile in Thunderbird (also called ouders).
But then when I clicked "start thunderbird" I got:

/usr/local/thunderbird/run-mozilla.sh: line 131: 11749 Segmentation fault "$prog" ${1+"$@"}

also when I just try to run thunderbird from ouders I get the same error (so without going to profilemanager first)

Any ideas about what might be going wrong?

PS: I'm still new to linux, so go easy on me Wink
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