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Thread: [SOLVED] Segmentation Fault (Core Dumped) in Thunderbird

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    [SOLVED] Segmentation Fault (Core Dumped) in Thunderbird

    I cannot deny ... the script runs. However.... I have a tiny problem ... and since I do not know enough about Ubuntu it is hard for me to know where to look to fix .... This is a new install and Thunderbird has not yet been running on this machine.

    After running the script Thunderbird appears installed but it does not run. If I select Applications / Internet / Thunderbird then I see the tab with Starting Thunderbird but that disappears after a few seconds.

    If I open a command prompt and enter the command thunderbird I get the message "Segmentation fault (core dumped)"

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    Re: Call for testers! Thunderbird 2.0 installation script revision

    Quote Originally Posted by expatCM View Post
    I cannot deny ... the script runs. However.... I have a tiny problem ... and since I do not know enough about Ubuntu it is hard for me to know where to look to fix .... This is a new install and Thunderbird has not yet been running on this machine.

    After running the script Thunderbird appears installed but it does not run. If I select Applications / Internet / Thunderbird then I see the tab with Starting Thunderbird but that disappears after a few seconds.

    If I open a command prompt and enter the command thunderbird I get the message "Segmentation fault (core dumped)"
    that is a hard one to track down... could be a bad download. did you get gpg to verify the integrity of the downloaded archive?

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    Re: Call for testers! Thunderbird 2.0 installation script revision

    Quote Originally Posted by expatCM View Post
    If I open a command prompt and enter the command thunderbird I get the message "Segmentation fault (core dumped)"
    I have no idea what's wrong.

    I did a Google search and found out you're not alone, but, unfortunately, I don't see a solution.

    Do you get the same thing with
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    mozilla-thunderbird
    as you get with
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    thunderbird
    ?

    By the way, I've moved this to its own thread, since I'm pretty sure it's not directly related to the script having run successfully or not. Still, if we can troubleshoot this post-install problem... all the better.

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    Re: Segmentation Fault (Core Dumped) in Thunderbird

    Yes I got the same thing with the command thunderbird and mozilla-thunderbird.

    No I did not check the gpg ... I was running the install script and just stood back. I have another very similar machine which I have just finished loading Ubuntu. I will run the script on that machine and see what happens just as soon as I have posted this message...

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    Re: Segmentation Fault (Core Dumped) in Thunderbird

    Quote Originally Posted by expatCM View Post
    Yes I got the same thing with the command thunderbird and mozilla-thunderbird.

    No I did not check the gpg ... I was running the install script and just stood back. I have another very similar machine which I have just finished loading Ubuntu. I will run the script on that machine and see what happens just as soon as I have posted this message...
    ehrm, the script has built in gpg key checking. it just asks you whether you want to do it or not. so the question is, did you say "y" or "n" in response. if you aren't sure, just run the script again, and this time tell it "y" when it asks for gpg key verification.

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    Re: Segmentation Fault (Core Dumped) in Thunderbird

    I have run the script again. I did check Y when prompted to check the signature. The message at the end of the script says that Thunderbird has been successfuly installed.

    I select on the menu entry, the program tab appears and then disappears ... the program does not open.


    I have now run the script on a second machine and everything else follows though but in this case Thunderbird will open on the Import Settings screen ...


    Now it is time to tread into the unknown ....... I have asked myself what is different between the two machines. All I can think of is scim and this may be relevant since it will automatically load every time a program is launched which supports an IME. The machine with the successful install did not have scim configured at the time of install. On the machine with the problem, it is already working. So I am wondering if scim is stopping Thunderbird from installing ....

    Do you happen to have any idea how I can stop scim from loading for a session so that I can test and see if I can run the install script without it being present?

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    Re: Segmentation Fault (Core Dumped) in Thunderbird

    well, i've never done anything with scim, but if it's like most other things, it will have a daemon running in the background, so you can just kill the scim process?

    if not, then you'd probably get more specific help in the general help forums, since this is a rather low-traffic area.

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    Re: Segmentation Fault (Core Dumped) in Thunderbird

    I tried to kill all instances of scim. There are five processes and four are easy to kill. The core is a zombie and I have no idea how to remove it.

    I think there is a very strong correlation between the problem with the Thunderbird installation script and scim though since I just ran the script again having first killed the four scim processes. The script ran but ... Thunderbird would not load. What was very interesting is that scim had appeared in the system tray so the zombie process must have somehow been activated .....

    I will open a fresh thread to see if there are any suggestions of how to stop scim. The official scim website is not close enough to the mark here ...

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    Re: Segmentation Fault (Core Dumped) in Thunderbird

    hmm, ok, well, please post back here if you figure this out...

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    Re: Segmentation Fault (Core Dumped) in Thunderbird

    Yes, worked it out.

    I removed scim using synaptic. Then ran the install script. Zero problems. I am now trying to work out how to put back scim the way it was ... but that is another issue ....

    So the conclusion is that if scim is installed then the Thunderbird install script does not work completely.

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