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  • Peter Nikolaidis 2:20 pm on August 31, 2006 Permalink  

    My Ubuntu User Number 

    Hm. Looks like I’m becoming an Ubuntu fan. The Ubuntu Counter Project - user number # 7578

  • Peter Nikolaidis 5:31 pm on August 28, 2006 Permalink  

    How I Moved my Firefox and Thunderbird Settings from Windows to Mac OS X 

    I love Firefox and Thunderbird. One of my favorite features of both is that they are available on the three platforms that I use on a daily basis: Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

    The hardest part in moving your profiles from Windows to Mac (or Mac to Windows) is finding them in the first place. On Windows, I found my Firefox in C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles
    where [username] would be your username.

    I located my Thunderbird profile in C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\Thunderbird\Profiles.

    Since I have a network, and Windows shares its system drives by default, the easiest way for me to connect the two systems to transfer the files was from my Mac. In Finder, I pressed Command-k and entered the path to my Windows machine’s hard drive, like so:


    where [computername] is the name of my PC. I was prompted for my Windows username and password, and then my Windows computer’s hard drive showed up on the desktop. From there it was a matter of just drilling down into the folders listed above to the Profiles directory.

    Then, on the Mac, I had to locate the appropriate preferences folders. I opened my hard drive, then clicked on my username from the icon bar at the left. From there, I opened Library, Application Support, FireFox, Profiles. There I saw a profile named, in my case, ijawgk1.default. On Windows, the folder was named 9u4pqopm.default. The names are not important. What is important, is that you copy the contents of this folder on Windows into the folder on the Mac. Do not copy the whole folder – open the folder under your Profiles folder, select all files and folders underneath, and then copy all of them to the appropriate folder on the Mac. Restart Firefox or Thunderbird, and voila! You should see all of your customized settings, bookmarks, addresses, extensions, etc. on your Mac.

    If you want to move your profile from Mac to Windows, simply reverse the copy, copying the contents of the profile from the Mac to Windows.

    If you’re using Linux, you can do the same thing. You just need to know that your profiles are located in ~/.mozilla/firefox and ~/.mozilla-thunderbird.

    • rolandthomas 9:56 pm on September 3, 2006 Permalink

      Hi Peter,

      Great tip — I also discovered this trick independently a couple days ago and posted it on comp.sys.mac.apps group on Google:


      Now, tonight, I’m searching again for (what I think is) the next logical step: to share the same single Thunderbird profile on both my Dell desktop and Macbook.

      Copying the contents of my profile directory back and forth between Windows and OS X is far too time-consuming and prone to error.

      I’m thinking the only way is to put the profile up on a shared online drive (password protected, encrypted and using secure authentication, of course.

      Do you have any ideas?

      I’m also going to post the question on the MozillaZine forums.

      Roland Thomas

    • peter 7:07 am on September 4, 2006 Permalink

      I did a little digging and found a page at http://www.mozilla.org/support/firefox/profile which indicates that you can specify the location of your profile in your profiles.ini file. I have not tried this, but it would seem to indicate that you can indeed specify a network drive to store your profile directory. I will have to try this.

      If you are running a shared drive service somewhere on the Internet, or on a LAN, it looks quite possible to specify a single profile directory for multiple PCs.

      NOTE: I do not know how Firefox or Thunderbird will react to having multiple, simultaneous copies accessing the same profile at the same time, and it is distinctly possible that this could cause problems, so you may want to test things out with a testing profile before modifying your main profile. At the very least, make backups first!

  • Peter Nikolaidis 7:34 am on August 21, 2006 Permalink  

    How I Installed Zabbix 1.1 on Ubuntu 6.06 

    After reading about Zabbix again in Linux Server Hacks, Vol. 2 I decided to take another stab at installing it. I had given it a shot a few months ago on an older Fedora box, and because of dependancy hell, gave up without getting it installed. So I figured I’d try again on my Ubuntu box.

    The installation instructions on the Zabbix web site worked, but only after I installed some pre-requisites. Assuming you don’t yet have Apache2, PHP, and MySQL installed (which I did), you’d do the following:

    sudo apt-get install apache2 php5 mysql-server mysql-common mysql-client

    But we’re not quite ready to configure Zabbix yet. These are the obvious re-requisites. The ones that you can’t find so easily with the error messages you get back from running the configure command are installed with the following:

    sudo apt-get install libsnmp9-dev net-snmp-devel libc6-dev libmysqlclient12-dev

    These include libraries needed for snmp and MySQL connectivity. Once I put these in place, I was able to configure Zabbix with the following command:

    /configure --enable-server --with-mysql --with-net-snmp