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I'm a first-time Ubuntu user - I've just put 13.10 on my XP system as a dual boot.

I used Thunderbird portable on the XP machine (easy to recover every time you need a rebuild!), and I understand that you can use the same profile on Ubuntu - sharing the profile location by indicating its location in the profiles.ini file. So I did this using -profilemanager, and it worked nicely. I could access exactly the same data on Ubuntu as I could on Windows.

However, after I turned off and rebooted, I got this message when I started Thunderbird:

'Thunderbird profile cannot be loaded - it may be missing or inaccessible'

I looked at the profile.ini file with a text editor - it hadn't changed and was still pointing to the right directory. If I deleted it with -profilemanager and re-installed, it worked fine for that session. I could drop Thunderbird and start it again - no trouble. But if I re-booted, I lost the profile and had to re-establish it - although the profile.ini file hadn't changed.

I wonder if this is some kind of privileges issue? Whatever it is, I can't think of any more things to try. Has someone out there got any ideas?

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Thanks for the rapid response! I assume that by 'purge and reinstall you mean remove Thunderbird? On which system? Given that I have quite a lot of time invested in the Windows build I am loth to rebuild this. I have a simpler Ubuntu - how would you recommend that I remove and re-install Thunderbird on that? – Dodgy Geezer Dec 31 '13 at 13:38
OK - I have removed Thunderbird from Ubuntu using the Software Manager and specifying 'all files removed'. Then I rebooted. Then I installed it again using Software Manager. When I clicked on the icon, I got the same error message - 'Profile cannot be loaded'. So I used terminal mode to load Thunderbird -profilemanager, and found my original profile name there. This suggests that I have not fully unloaded Thunderbird. Is there a better way to purge it? – Dodgy Geezer Dec 31 '13 at 15:23
will that purge my existing installation? - anyway, I did it and it said 'existing installation already there - adding gnome support'. – Dodgy Geezer Dec 31 '13 at 15:30
I used software centre to re-install - it said that thunderbird was already installed, so I uninstalled it and am now rebooting – Dodgy Geezer Dec 31 '13 at 15:45
Dont you like to use Terminal? when use terminal, it is easy to see the error messages. You just need to copy commands from here and then right click on terminal prompt and select paste. Then enter. Can you use terminal at least for this purpose only? – user224082 Dec 31 '13 at 15:49

I have just done the same thing. Created a dual boot machine with XP on one partition and Linux on the other. Then I pointed Thunderbird on each partition to the profile on the XP partition. When starting the Android Thunderbird I got the missing profile error. But i found that if I first clicked on the XP partition drive while in Android everything worked ok. I am now trying to work out how to initiate the XP drive when booting the Android ... all new to me!

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