[Users] Moving /.claws-mail Directory
dustbiz at gmail.com
Fri Sep 2 13:58:17 CEST 2016
Sorry, just realized that I sent this reply as HTML yesterday, so am
resending it as plain text for future convenience. ~Dustin
> Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:00:49 +0200 From: Andrej Kacian
> <andrej at kacian.sk> Subject: Re: [Users] Moving /.claws-mail Directory
> On Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:28:50 +0600 Dustin <dustbiz at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I'm looking for the best way to move the /.claws-mail directory from
>> its default location to another location.
> Hi, just move it to wherever you want, and use claws-mail's
> --alternate-config-dir option to point the application to the new
> -- Andrej
Thanks, Andrej, this is what I was looking for and you saved me a lot of
time. There the solution was, "in plain sight". :) Your prompt, concise,
and professional reply is much appreciated.
In case it's helpful for other users, here's how I integrated this
change into my desktop environment (DE) (after testing it via the
terminal), with the end-goals of not needing to rely on a terminal
command to start Claws Mail (CM), and avoiding confusion of menu shortcuts.
Context: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, GNOME Flashback (Metacity) DE
The ideal solution for me was to edit the application menu shortcut for
CM by using the command
sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/claws-mail.desktop
to open the settings file for the CM menu shortcut (claws-mail.desktop)
in a text editor (gedit) as root (sudo), and then change the line
where "/path/to/desired/config/dir/location" was the path to the
location where I had copied the /.claws-mail directory.
If you prefer, you can add a CM launcher to the panel by using Alt +
R-click to get your panel options, choosing to copy the app menu
shortcut and then making the same change as above to the command string.
If you like desktop shortcuts, there's also a way to do that, although I
didn't bother testing it.
If you choose either of the two latter approaches and don't want to be
confused by the CM menu shortcut, there's also a way that can be deleted.
Good chance there are also one or more GUIs out there that can make the
above edits for those who aren't into editing system files.
And if you're on a different distro or using a different DE or windows
manager, you should be able to figure out how to do the same/similar
thing by spending a bit of time in the relevant docs. (The details will
likely be different than above, but the "theory" will likely be similar.)
As a further note, if for some reason CM can't find the /.claws-mail
directory at the place where it's been told to look, it will simply
throw an error (only in the terminal) and not start. After this, once it
is able to find it again, it will open normally without any ill effects
from the previous failed attempt.
I plan to stay subscribed to this list, so feel free to let me know if
you have any follow-up questions/comments on this.
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