Thunderbird icon in Unity launcher

Jim Byrnes jf_byrnes at
Tue Aug 30 15:22:53 UTC 2011

On 08/30/2011 09:34 AM, Jordon Bedwell wrote:
> On 08/30/2011 09:20 AM, Jim Byrnes wrote:
>> I am running a fully updated Natty on my laptop. I downloaded and
>> extracted a thunderbird file to the Apps directory in my home
>> folder.
>> I followed the directions in the third answer at [1] to put it on the
>> Launcher and change the icon to a default Thunderbird icon.
>> [1]
>> It starts Thunderbird but the Thunderbird icon does not show on the
>> Launcher.  Its icon always ends up looking like the icon for the
>> Workplace Switcher. Changing the icon in preferences does not work either.
>> The proper icon shows in preferences and in the file manager but not on
>> the Launcher.  When Thunderbird is running the icon in the upper left
>> corner also looks like the Workplace Switcher icon.
>> Does anyone know how to make the Thunderbird icon "stick" on the Launcher?
> While this is not what you wanted I know a better way to get the latest
> thunderbird if that is what you want, it makes package management
> cleaner (unless you put Thunderbird in /opt/thunderbird):

Yes, I like to stay current on the Mozilla apps and right now 
Thunderbird is in ~/Apps/thunderbird.

> sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/thunderbird-stable
> sudo apt-get update
> sudo apt-get upgrade
> Or you can just pull down their debs for Natty.

Thanks for the info.  I've always done it as outlined above because it 
always worked and I didn't know about the ppa.  If I use the ppa where 
will updates come from?  The ppa or mozilla?

I wonder if using the above method might solve my icon problem.  Just 
guessing but I noticed that the way I have it installed now, Unity does 
not show it in the list of applications, maybe that's the problem.

Thanks< Jim

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