A few more questions on Thunderbird

Jann Schneider schneider_jann at yahoo.de
Sat Jun 6 17:34:37 BST 2009


> On 06/06/09 15:59, Peter Torpey wrote:
>> 1. 1.  What is the best way to open and read a message in 
>> Thunderbird?  I haven't been able to do this without performing a lot 
>> of tabbing.  I'm used to just hitting enter on messages to read them, 
>> but that doesn't seem to work in Thunderbird with Orca.
Perhaps this happens because you are reading the mails in original html? 
Take a look into the view menu -> Message Body as..
Here "plain text" should be activated.

>> 2. I installed the Thunderbird beta manually into the 
>> /opt/thunderbird folder and created a shortcut on the start menu.
>> Someone on the list suggested that I could add the line:
>> deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/fta/ubuntu jaunty main universe
>> in the /etc/apt/sources.list.d file.
>> I assume that this will add the beta packages to my list of available 
>> packages.  The question is, if I now use this aptitude packager 
>> installer, where does the installed version of Thunderbird go and 
>> will it conflict with what I have installed in the /opt/thunderbird 
>> directory (or will it overwrite it)?  Should I remove the version 
>> which I manually installed and configure Thunderbird again?
I had to add this line directly into my /etc/apt/sources.list to get 
this work..
After doing an apt-get update i had some more thunderbird packages 
available called for example "thunderbird-3.0" or 
"thunderbird-3.0-gnome-support". If one installs the tb3 package via 
aptitude it will overwrite his  links for example /usr/bin/thunderbird 
.. but I think it woun't replace your /opt/thunderbird folder.

This is also a problem as fahr as update manager is concerned: this app 
will also replace your linkss if updattes for tb are installed via it.

I would suggest to use the tb and ff from the repo instead of installing 
manually to /opt/thunderbird. But this is just my opinion, because I 
repeadedly had to restore the links ..

Regards Jann

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