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Herlock
 
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Post Posted May 22nd, 2020, 9:52 am

Hello, everyone,

I'm running Thunderbird 68.8.0 to access my GMail account, on Manjaro KDE Plasma, and I use PIA (Private Internet Access) for privacy. Thunderbird continuously fails to send my emails, claiming it cannot reach the GMail server, however, the moment I deactivate PIA, it works without a hitch. PIA provides the option of declaring a program's executable file to have said executable bypass the VPN. Hence, I have been trying to determine exactly what the Thunderbird executable is, an easy task in Windows, if I recall correctly, but one I find very difficult in Linux. Can a kind soul indicate for me what said executable would be in the present case?

Thanks

Herlock

morat
 
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Post Posted May 22nd, 2020, 11:02 am

Here is a code snippet to output the executable path using the error console.

i.e. Tools > Developer Tools > Error Console (Ctrl+Shift+J)

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Services.dirsvc.get("XREExeF", Components.interfaces.nsIFile).path;

Installation directory
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Installation_directory

I guess you could get the path using a task manager utility.

Use task manager equivalent
https://itsfoss.com/task-manager-linux/

tanstaafl
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Post Posted May 22nd, 2020, 12:11 pm

Can you get that feature (split tunneling) to work with other applications?

I suspect that feature is protocol specific. i.e. it won't work with WireGuard but will with OpenVPN. What protocol are you using?

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/h ... p-examples mentions "Adding applications to the Split Tunnel feature may prevent you from connecting to a localhost/loopback address." Are you using a local proxy with Thunderbird, perhaps due to a anti-virus scanner that knows how to intercept and scan your email?

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/h ... ng-feature
https://www.reddit.com/r/WireGuard/comm ... ling_help/

https://www.reddit.com/r/PrivateInterne ... cls_linux/ is a thread about trying to use a split tunnel with Firefox under Linux with PIA. It claims you need to mount the net_cls virtual file system (VFS), and gives an example of how to do that.

Herlock
 
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Post Posted May 22nd, 2020, 12:51 pm

tanstaafl,

I was able to get the split tunneling to work perfectly fine with the Brave browser (executable path: /usr/lib/brave/brave). I am using PIA with OpenVPN, not with WireGuard, as when I tried the latter I was unable to access the internet at all. I guess WireGuard on PIA is still a work in progress.

Thanks

Herlock
 
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Post Posted May 22nd, 2020, 1:00 pm

morat,

Thanks for the info, ran that code snippet and got "/usr/lib/thunderbird/thunderbird" as the executable. I had previously incorrectly thought it was "/usr/lib/thunderbird/thunderbird-bin", which did not work.

Hopefully this will remedy the situation. Will post results in a while.

Thanks!!

Herlock
 
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Post Posted May 22nd, 2020, 2:17 pm

Gentlemen, with "/usr/lib/thunderbird/thunderbird" as the executable, Thunderbird now works as a charm, bypassing PIA.

Thanks!!!

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