[nSLUG] Mozilla issues...

Jack Warkentin jwark at eastlink.ca
Fri Sep 26 15:29:14 ADT 2008

Hi David

I suspect that there may be permissions issues.

I have a symbolic link

bookmarks.html -> /home/jcw/Main/Maintenance/LinkTargets/bookmarks.html

in my /home/jcw/.mozilla/default/9hpoc9rq.slt directory. The permissions
on the target file are

-rw-r----- 1 jcw jcw 182k 2008-09-25 22:10

As you can see, any user who has his bookmarks symlinked to this will be
unable to write to it (except me, jcw, of course). What happens then 
depends on how the browser is compiled. It used to be that the symbolic 
link itself would be replaced by a new ordinary bookmarks file. When I 
just tried it now, the symbolic link still pointed to the correct place 
but that file did not get updated.

If the target file is world writable, and if at most one user tries to 
update it at a time, things should work out ok.

Hope this helps.


David Potter wrote:
> Until I converted my main desktop platform to Ubuntu I had been happily 
> sharing one Thunderbird and one Firefox profile between a couple of 
> WinXP computers. The profiles were located on the Linux box using Samba 
> and both windows machines could access the  profiles without any 
> problems... specifically the bookmarks, message folders and message filters.
> Now with my Ubuntu desktop, the message folders are available but the 
> message filters complain that "the folder specified {in a particular 
> filter} cannot be found". These are filters that I have re-created using 
> the 'browse for filter' interface in Thunderbird.
> I have also had no success using a symbolic link to point to the Firefox 
> bookmarks file 
> ~/mozilla/firefox/profile/bookmarks.html->/mnt/Data/Firefox/bookmarks.html
> The failure of message filtering is intruding on my work zone and the 
> fact that sharing the  bookmarks.html file seems easier in Windows is 
> something I find hard to accept... ;-)
> Any suggestions?
> David
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Jack Warkentin, phone 902-404-0457, email jwark at eastlink.ca
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