As many people, I too have several email accounts. Until now, I have been using
Thunderbird for my main account, and either used web interface for the other accounts, or used other email clients (
Balsa, ...). For some reason, I never liked the idea of having separate, independent accounts integrated in one email client, perhaps because the added complexity and possibility of confusion. When I used three different email clients, I had three truly independent email accounts.
The only disadvantage is, the other (non-Thunderbird) email clients never worked as well as Thunderbird.
Now I am wondering whether there is a possibility to use three independent instances of
Thunderbird, so that I don't have to use inferior email clients.
I know that when
Thunderbird is already running, I cannot start another instance. Also, any additional instance would need its own (independent) config directory.
Is there any way to achieve this?
I am using
Icedove 24.6.0) on Debian Wheezy
I have found this article on MozillaZine, which suggests to use the
-no-remote option and does not mention the option
-new-instance at all.
man page lists both options, but does not explain what the difference is, if
-new-instance is implied when
-no-remote is used, or whether they should both be used at the same time.
thunderbird -P "profile_name" -no-remote thunderbird -P "profile_name" -new-instance
The refered article also says, that:
Multiple instances is intended for debugging, so use it at your own risk
Well, I don't intend to use it for debugging, I want to use it for my work. What can possibly go wrong when using multiple instances? How can I mitigate that danger?