Re: Accessing mail from multiple points in LAN
- From: "Tim Clark" <Timothy.Clark@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 17 May 2006 20:48:31 GMT
In article <LsednXdu6v5PN_fZRVn-gQ@xxxxxxxxxxx>,
Hamad bin Turki Salami <HamTurkiSalami@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
Dan N wrote:
On Fri, 12 May 2006 17:51:53 +0200, Davide Bianchi wrote:
On 2006-05-12, Hamad bin Turki Salami
in the near future). I've never really found a completely convenient wayUse IMAP.
to access my mail from multiple points,
I personally prefer not to use imap, but to simply go to the preference
settings in each of the email clients (Thunderbird in this case) and tick
the "Leave messages on server" setting.
That's only a partial solution for me. Most importantly, it doesn't
mirror the mail I send. So if I send email from 3 different computers,
I'll have my sent mail split up among three different places. And it's
a fairly big hassle to merge those archives. For me, having a complete
archive of all the email I've sent is just as important as having an
archive of all that I've received. As a result, the only way I can
really use this approach is to have only one computer designated
for sending email and all the others for reading only.
The other limitation with this approach is that if you shuffle message
around into folders on one machine, it's not reflected on the others.
The problems arise when your emailing activity involves the _local_
filestore on the machine you are using to send and receive email.
There are only two basic ways around this.
One is as you identified - ensure each machine you wish to use has got
NFS (or some other file sharing access) and you run the application on
The other approach is to use more of a thin client approach. That is the
approach I use, except I happen to use "mutt" as my mail client, rather
than Thunderbird. It would be as follows:
Install VNC (http://www.realvnc.com/). Always run Thunderbird inside
a VNC desktop running on your "home" machine, even when you are using that
machine directly - then simply connect to that desktop. When using
another machine, connect to that VNC desktop on your home machine to
use Thunderbird too.
I find that approach is the only one which really works for me, since
whenever I'm working with email, I'll invariably need to check with some other
document (email or not) held on my "home" machine. What is really useful
about that approach is that I can be composing a piece of mail, be in
mid sentence, have to break off, and when I'm able to continue I find I
am elsewhere. No problem. I haven't needed to take any action whatsoever
on the machine I was typing in on. I simply connect to the VNC desktop
from my new location and carry on.
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