(New to Kubuntu/ Linux) Update/ upgrade difficulties Thunderbird.

Leonard Chatagnier lenc5570 at sbcglobal.net
Thu Nov 22 01:26:15 UTC 2007

NoOp wrote:
> On 11/20/2007 05:08 AM, Bas Roufs wrote:
> <snip>
> Ubuntu's version is outdated; TB is now at to fix a couple of
> security issues:
> <http://www.mozilla.org/projects/security/known-vulnerabilities.html#thunderbird2.0.0.9>
> However, back to your question about not being able to check for
> updates: this can be turned on if you install TB into a directory where
> you have read/write permissions as a user (see below).
> To do that (in Gnome - you will have to adjust for Kubuntu):
> 1. Rename your existing ~./mozilla-thunderbird directory to
> ~./x-thunderbird-x
> 2. Uninstall the Ubuntu installed mozilla-thunderbird:
> sudo apt-get remove mozilla-thunderbird
> 3. Rename ~./x-thunderbird-x back to ~./thunderbird
> Note: this will have preserved any of your existing emails etc.
> 4. Download TB and place in your home folder. Untar by double-clicking
> the .tz file from Nautilus (the file browser) and let it extract the
> files to their own ~/thunderbird directory.
> 5. From a terminal, cd to ~/thunderbird and enter the following:
> ./thunderbird
> 6. Right click on Applications & select 'Edit Menus'. Go to the Internet
> folder & click the 'New Item' button. Enter Thunderbird in the Name,
> browse to /thunderbird and click on 'thunderbird' (*not*
> thunderbird-bin). You can then add the Thunderbird icon, by clicking on
> the icon button, browse to /thunderbird/icons, click open, click on
> mozicon50.xpm & click ok. You will now find your working TB in
> Applications|Internet|Thunderbird & all of your emails & profiles should
> be just the same as before. Except, you will now find that Help|Check
> for Updates is no longer greyed out and is now working.
Hey NoOp, guess this is technically hijacking a thread but I just wanted 
to thank you for this "how to" as I had the same problem after upgrading 
to gutsy even though I had in feisty, but the upgrade was 
problematic. Your instructions worked flawlessly.  Thanks and keep up 
the good work,
Len Chatagnier
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