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

Latest revision as of 13:54, 4 June 2012