The issue is as follows:
After cleanly reinstalling Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS, I set up my thunderbird profile (using the profile manager), which I store on a separate ext4 partition (I am owner of this partition after using chmod to take ownership with chmod nls:nls /path).
After I fire up thunderbird for the first time, all my folders, rules and accounts show up as expected. Everything works fine.
However, once I close thunderbird and come back to it later, everything disappears, and TB asks me if I'd like to create a new email (it seems to be starting tb as root, as the suggested email is root, not nls).
The profile.ini within the .thunderbird folder of my home drive points to my mail folder on the separate partition.
As you can see here:
[General] StartWithLastProfile=1 [Profile0] Name=default IsRelative=1 Path=hn3xusic.default [Profile1] Name=Default User IsRelative=0 Path=/media/dataHive/Mail/hn3xusic.default Default=1
Now what confuses me the most is, that even if I remove TB using software center, and delete the .thunderbird folder in /home, and reinstall it, the error keeps happening - without it working at all (first startup doesnt show my emails/rules/folders anymore).
Is this some kind of problem with permissions or access of files?
My fstab looks as follows:
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass> # / was on /dev/sda1 during installation UUID=d20689ef-0113-454a-a015-5a7fc370d9fd / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1 #[...] # /media/dataHive was on /dev/sda7 during installation UUID=345cb53c-78f1-46e0-a312-360d89797a0f /media/dataHive ext4 defaults 0 2
If you need anything else to identify the issue, I'll gladly comply.
I have reinstalled ubuntu to trace back my steps as to how this happens. This time I did not format my data partition, leaving as it is, since I believe the problem being related to file access permissions.
Here's what I did:
1. Install ubuntu 14.04 LTS from usb (formated / partition, left all others as were)
2. Updated ubuntu via software updater
3. Made sure I own the /media/dataHive partition using the command
sudo chown -R nls:nls /media/dataHive
4. Started thunderbird, clicked "I will configure my Account later.", closed TB again
5. started thunderbird with 'thunderbird -p' and created a new profile, pointing to
*note that xxxx was the same number as the folder name that was created in /home/.thunderbird after I started TB in step 4.
6. Saw that nothing was imported / loaded.
Even when I modify my profile.ini to show only one path it doesn't load anything: [General] StartWithLastProfile=1
[Profile0] Name=default IsRelative=0 Path=/media/dataHive/Mail/5i1ehrtc.default Default=1
I created a new partition and mounted it under /mnt/mail.
I chown'ed it from root to me, and additionally made sure I have access & execution permissions by using the chmod cmd (chmod ug+rwx /dir).
Still not working. :(