[Bug 638211] [NEW] Thunderbird no longer checks /usr/lib/thunderbird for default preferences

Jonathan Reed jdreed at mit.edu
Tue Sep 14 16:37:09 UTC 2010

Public bug reported:

Binary package hint: thunderbird

Thunderbird 3.0.7+build1+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.10.04.1 fails to look in
/usr/lib/thunderbird for configuration files.  It now only looks in

This is in direct conflict with /etc/thunderbird/pref/thunderbird.js, which says:
// You can, with this file and all files present in the
// /etc/thunderbird/pref directory, override any preference that is
// present in /usr/lib/thunderbird/defaults/pref directory.

For our site configuration, we set a new value for
general.config.filename, and store that file in /usr/lib/thunderbird.
This worked fine in Jaunty and Karmic.  However, under Lucid, this
causes Thunderbird to unfortunately exit with "Failed to read the
configuration file", since it's looking for our config file in

If this is the new upstream behavior, that's fine, but then the comments
in /etc/thunderbird/pref/thunderbird.js need to be updated to replace
this.  Additionally, it would be nice if there was some way to
programmatically determine the name of that directory that was something
other than "dpkg-query and sed".

** Affects: thunderbird (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

Thunderbird no longer checks /usr/lib/thunderbird for default preferences
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