[ubuntu-uk] thunderbird is installed, but needs to be installed...

Jim Price d1version at hotmail.com
Sat Jan 8 21:10:21 UTC 2011

On 08/01/11 20:54, Jacob Mansfield wrote:
> I just tried to install thunderbird on my new machine and was greeted with this:
> administrator at jay:~$ thunderbird
> The program 'thunderbird' is currently not installed.  You can install
> it by typing:
> sudo apt-get install thunderbird
> administrator at jay:~$ sudo apt-get install thunderbird
> Reading package lists... Done
> Building dependency tree
> Reading state information... Done
> thunderbird is already the newest version.
> 0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
> administrator at jay:~$
> so thunderbird is installed but won't run, probably because there's no
> executable (or at lease none found by `locate thunderbird` that seems
> to actually run the program.

If you only just installed Thunderbird then locate won't find it until 
you've run sudo updatedb. Try:
which thunderbird
That should tell you it is in /usr/bin/. If not, then something is up 
with your installation. Did you originally install it using synaptic or 

> is this an ongoing bug or have I messed up my install already?

I don't think you've messed up the install just because one app is not 
running. Does it run from the Applications>Internet menu? Does it run if 
you use the full path (/usr/bin/thunderbird) ? Do you have any 
additional repositories active which may have installed a different 
version of Thunderbird to somewhere else other than /usr/bin/ ?

Another possibility is the Thunderbird profile is corrupt. You can check 
this by running it with:
thunderbird --profilemanager --no-remote

That should bring up the profile menu in Thunderbird, and you can see 
from that if you already have one or more profiles, and create a new one 
to see if that works. If it does, chances are there is something wrong 
with your profile.


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