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#REDIRECT [[Thunderbird#Webmail with Thunderbird]]
 
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This page is made to serve as a guide to Arch (and possibly other) Linux users
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who wish to use the Mozilla Thunderbird email client to access their webmail
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service. These services would be ones like Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, AOL, Lycos,
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GMail, Libero, Tiscali, etc.
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The page consists of two major parts: one which specifically addresses Mozilla
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thunderbird and it's Webmail extension, and one which lists out and attempts to
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explain the installation and configuration of stand-alone programs that allow
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other email clients to achieve the same functionality.
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==Using thunderbird and it's Webmail extension==
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===Where to find it===
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First of all, the webmail extension can be found at
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[http://webmail.mozdev.org/installation.html this site]. It contains most of the
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information required to properly install the extension in the
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[http://webmail.mozdev.org/faq.html FAQ] and
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[http://webmail.mozdev.org/setup.html Account Setting] pages.
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===Installing the extension===
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Remember, you must also install the component extensions, or you will not be
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able access your mail. The Webmail extension is only a 'wrapper' of sorts. For
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example, if you wish to access your Hotmail account, you first have to download
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and install the Webmail extension, restart Thunderbird, then install the Hotmail
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extension, restart Thunderbird again, then configure the extensions as your
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computer setup requires.
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===Other useful information===
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After installing the Webmail extension, you can access the preferences for it by
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clicking Tools > Add-ons > Extensions.
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If the Webmail extension says "Server status is ERROR", this means that it could
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not use the ports 110, 25, and/or 143 for setting up a POP, SMTP, or IMAP
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gateway, respectively.
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This happens because you will (and should) be running Thunderbird as a normal
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user. However, Arch Linux reserves ports below 1024 for the root user only.
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Allowing normal users to access these ports is not recommended.
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As the FAQ answer on the [http://webmail.mozdev.org/faq.html Webmail website]
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says, change the preferences on the Webmail extension to use a port higher than
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1024 (1025 and above work for normal users). Don't forget to change your email
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account settings to access {{Ic|localhost}} at whatever ports you set the
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Webmail extension to use.
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==Stand-alone applications (Use webmail through ''any'' email client)==
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*[http://hotwayd.sourceforge.net/ Hotwayd] - runs through xinetd - can be used transparently through any email client
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*[http://yosucker.sourceforge.net/ YoSucker] - runs through a script that has to be manually activated.
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*[http://mrpostman.sourceforge.net/ MrPostman] - Java program that has to be manually activated.
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==Sources of information==
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*Most of the information was derived from webpages that were sourced from the
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[http://kb.mozillazine.org/Using_webmail_with_your_email_client MozillaZine Knowledge Base Wiki for Thunderbird].
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Latest revision as of 13:54, 4 June 2012