Installing Thunderbird 7 from a tarball?

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Installing Thunderbird 7 from a tarball?

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I've just been converted to the fantastic LMDE and am enjoying it loads.
So...my question.....I'm trying to install Thunderbird 7 and am having no joy.
I downloaded the linux tarball. Extracted it. cd'ed into the extracted folder, and wanted to do the old ./configure make make install thing.
Unfortunately bash didn't like the ./configure. It said "no such file or directory. The Thunderbird "readme" just tells you to look at their webpage for more info - which as it turns out is seriously lacking.
So...what's to be done about getting a new(er) version of Thunderbird on my machine. The old version3 does not support "lightning" add on.
Oh...I also tried updating the ppa and doing an update/grade. No joy either.

This seems like there should be just a simple solution - I'm obviously missing something glaringly obvious!
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Re: Installing Thunderbird 7 from a tarball?

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Moved here from Tutorials & How To's
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The binary tarball you've downloaded from mozilla doesn't require compiling, just extract it to your preferred location (~/bin, /usr/local/bin, etc.) and run the thunderbird file to start it.
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Re: Installing Thunderbird 7 from a tarball?

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another way to use thunderbird 7 is as follow :
download the regular thunderbird 7 - type in terminal gksudo nautilus - type in you password - go to the map /opt - rename thunderbird to thunderbird-old - press F3 to split the screen in nautilus - in the second screen go to the map where you downloaded thunderbird - rightclick and say extract here - move the new thunderbird map to to /opt map - (just drag and drop) thunderbird is now version 7 - you can even remove the thunderbird-old map

you can also do this same procdure with firefox - easy and secure
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Re: Installing Thunderbird 7 from a tarball?

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Thanks guys. I just executed the file "Thunderbird" as you said and it installed. Duuurr! Wish I'd thought of that. Thanks again!
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Re: Installing Thunderbird 7 from a tarball?

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The easiest way is to move the tarball to the same location as the current Thunderbird (probably /opt), right click on the icon and select 'Open With Archive Manager' from the pop up menu and it will overrwrite the old Thunderbird but keep compatible add ons, settings and address book.
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JeffShepherd wrote:The easiest way is to move the tarball to the same location as the current Thunderbird (probably /opt), right click on the icon and select 'Open With Archive Manager' from the pop up menu and it will overrwrite the old Thunderbird but keep compatible add ons, settings and address book.
I wouldn't recommend just over writing the old thunderbird as you'll run into issues when the thunderbird package is updated through the package management system, you'd need to pin the package or install it in a different location that doesn't conflict.
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Re: Installing Thunderbird 7 from a tarball?

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Hi! i tried what suggested in this message and does not work. I rename the thinderbird.old and copy the new one Thunderbird 7. I use the latest LMDE
When I click on Thunderbird nothings happen.
Maybe I missed on something here.
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Re: Installing Thunderbird 7 from a tarball?

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did you try my suggestion :

another way to use thunderbird 7 is as follow :
download the regular thunderbird 7 - type in terminal gksudo nautilus - type in you password - go to the map /opt (under system maps) - rename thunderbird to thunderbird-old - press F3 to split the screen in nautilus - in the second screen go to the map where you downloaded thunderbird - rightclick and say extract here - move the new thunderbird map to to /opt map - (just drag and drop) thunderbird is now version 7 - you can even remove the thunderbird-old map


then you can start thunderbird from the menu (or a dock)

i also have LMDE with latest repository

this works - i have done this many times
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Re: Installing Thunderbird 7 from a tarball?

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I got this from another post. Can't find it right now:
I use this and it works great for me:

For updating Firefox to the latest version do the following:

Download the latest version from this site:
http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla ... _64/en-US/

Then change to the Download directory:
cd /home/user/Downloads
Do the following command:
sudo tar -xvjf firefox-7.0.x.64.tar.bz2 -C /opt
This will extract it to the /opt directory where the original firefox was at.
Then we are going to move the firefox we just downloaded to a firefox7 Directory:
First change to the /opt directory
sudo mv firefox firefox7
Then we are changing the symbolic link for firefox to point to firefox7.
sudo ln -sTf firefox7 firefox
This has the advantage that when you update, all you have to do is extract the new releases of firefox into /opt. It won't delete your old installation, so if you want to go back to a previous working version, just change the symbolic link to point to the older version, and no harm done.

You can also update Thunderbird the same way.
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Re: Installing Thunderbird 7 from a tarball?

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granul wrote:When I click on Thunderbird nothings happen.
This will occur in case you are running an x64 system and try to run the 32bit binaries. For some reason x64 binaries are a bit harder to find on mozilla.org, try here.
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Re: Installing Thunderbird 7 from a tarball?

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edwinv wrote:did you try my suggestion :

another way to use thunderbird 7 is as follow :
download the regular thunderbird 7 - type in terminal gksudo nautilus - type in you password - go to the map /opt (under system maps) - rename thunderbird to thunderbird-old - press F3 to split the screen in nautilus - in the second screen go to the map where you downloaded thunderbird - rightclick and say extract here - move the new thunderbird map to to /opt map - (just drag and drop) thunderbird is now version 7 - you can even remove the thunderbird-old map


then you can start thunderbird from the menu (or a dock)

i also have LMDE with latest repository

this works - i have done this many times
That is exactly what I did but when When I click on Thunderbird nothings happen.
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Re: Installing Thunderbird 7 from a tarball?

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You could try icedove instead (unbranded thunderbird) from the testing repository, which is more up to date.
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Re: Installing Thunderbird 7 from a tarball?

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Roken wrote:You could try icedove instead (unbranded thunderbird) from the testing repository, which is more up to date.
Thank you, Icedove is working fine, i import adressbook and mail and I get the calendar.
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Re: Installing Thunderbird 7 from a tarball?

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So here's the best way of getting Thunderbirds latest. Firefox too.
Firefox.......

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install firefox

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Thunderbird.......

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/thunderbird-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install thunderbird

Easy. This updated my thunderbird 3 to 7
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Re: Installing Thunderbird 7 from a tarball?

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@ c0redump
Thanks for revealing Mozilla's hiding places for the 64 bit tarballs for Firefox and Thunderbird. I like to have the most recent releases of these two programs loaded, but after I installed the 64 bit version of LMDE I just hit a brick wall. As previous people have posted in this thread, the "standard" 32 bit versions just do not work. I searched the Mozilla web site, I Googled, ...
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Re: Installing Thunderbird 7 from a tarball?

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babysitteronacid wrote:So here's the best way of getting Thunderbirds latest. Firefox too.
Firefox.......

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install firefox

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Thunderbird.......

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/thunderbird-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install thunderbird

Easy. This updated my thunderbird 3 to 7
no joy here:
I tried both "add-apt-repository ..." commands and got the same output:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/bin/add-apt-repository", line 65, in <module>
if not sp.add_source_from_line(line):
File "/usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/softwareproperties/SoftwareProperties.py", line 630, in add_source_from_line
(deb_line, file) = expand_ppa_line(line.strip(), self.distro.codename)
File "/usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/softwareproperties/ppa.py", line 47, in expand_ppa_line
sourceslistd = apt_pkg.Config.find_dir("Dir::Etc::sourceparts")
AttributeError: 'module' object has no attribute 'Config'

any ideas?
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