I've just downloaded Thunderbird 5, unpacked it and set up the short cut on my desktop but the program is not launching. Any ideas?
itsme4401 wrote:I've just downloaded Thunderbird 5, unpacked it and set up the short cut on my desktop but the program is not launching. Any ideas?
You missed something between "unpacking & set up a shortcut": AFAIK after unpacking a tar you should run:
make install (as root)
before launching any program.
The unpacked tar might contain a README (or INSTALL) with further instructions, or try ./configure --help
I hope this helps to get you there.
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Roken wrote:You download, extract anywhere (/home/usename/ is a good idea), then simply change the shortcuts to point to /home/username/forefox/firefox and /home/username/thunderbird/thunderbird. It really doesn't get much easier than that, and I'm pretty sure that anyone who has managed the first hurdle with Linux (installing the OS) can easily manage this, too.
mfs wrote:Additionaly, what about Debian's philsophy to have everything in its repository?
Roken wrote:Just to answer the "Why" about why it doesn't work if you extract the latest version to anywhere other than /opt, it's because your system is still pointing to the version in /opt (e.g. if you just type "thunderbird" in a terminal you will get the "installed" version).
To make an alternative work without overwriting the default version:
Download and extract to wherever you want (e.g. /home)
Run it with sh /home/thunderbird/thunderbird
Note the fully qualified path to run it. This avoids the default version being automatically run. It doesn't matter if you cd into the installed directory, you still need to run it with the fully qualified path if you put it anywhere other than /opt. You also need the fully qualified path in any launcher or shortcut that you set up.
If you are happy to overwrite the default version (I have) then extract to /opt as described by kmb42vt. Just running thunderbird will launch the new version then. If you want to keep the default version and run the new version, remember to use the full path.
mfs wrote:Hi folks,
I just noticed that, while firefox is at a recent version (5.0) in the linuxmint LMDE repository, thunderbird is some versions behind (3.1.7 vs. 5.0). As the version from the ppa:mozilla-team/thunderbird-stable natty did not work for me, I would like to ask the LMDE repository maintainers kindly to add thunderbird in its recent version to the LMDE repository.
Maybe some of you support this plea?
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