Mozilla apps won't start

Jim Byrnes jf_byrnes at
Fri Jan 29 04:11:48 UTC 2010

Jay Daniels wrote:
> On Thu, 2010-01-28 at 20:34 -0600, Jim Byrnes wrote:
>> Yesterday I had Firefox3.6 and Thunderbird3.01 running on my Ubuntu9.10 
>> amd64 machine. I had java plugin issues with Firefox and ended up 
>> re-formatting and reinstalling Ubuntu.
>> I downloaded the Moz files and extracted them to /home/<me>/firefox and 
>> /home/<me>/thunderbird. If I go to the file browser and double click 
>> their shell scripts a dialog box pops up and I choose "run". I see a 
>> little disk activity but nothing else happens.
>> If I open a terminal and type:
>> :cd thunderbird/thunderbird
>> :~/thunderbird/thunderbird ls
>> I get a listing of the directory including, thunderbird & 
>> thunderbird-bin
>> If I do:
>> :~/thunderbird/thunderbird$ thunderbird
>> I get:
>> The program 'thunderbird' is currently not installed. You can install it 
>> by typing: sudo apt-get install thunderbird
>> thunderbird: command not found
>> They were running yesterday but not today so I must be making some kind 
>> of basic mistake and would appreciate some help again.
>> Thanks,  Jim
> To run a program that is not in your path, you type...
> cd ~/to_directory_file_is_in
> ./program_name
> or type full path of program...
> ~/thunderbird/thunderbird

I think that's what I did above.

> I think you should make some shortcuts on the desktop to make it simple
> to start your programs.  Right-click on the desktop or gnome panel and
> click create launcher...
> jay

I was using the file browser and termainal to test it.  I added it to 
the Applications->Internet menu, by using  the browse button to select 
the thunderbird file but it still does not start.

Thanks,  Jim

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