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    [How to] Test Thunderbird 3

    Hello,

    After reading a thread in the French Ubuntu forum, I decided to try the new features brought by Thunderbird 3. And since I find it really cool, I'd like to share how to install it (in parallel with Thunderbird 2) and contribute to the tests. This tutorial will be divided into 4 parts:

    Part I: install process
    Part II: Create a new profile
    Part III: Contribute to the tests
    Part IV: Remove Thunderbird 3

    Please remember that Thunderbird 3 is still in beta version and could (although very unlikely) harm your data (emails, contacts). For this reason I strongly recommend to use non critical email accounts and create a specific profile for this purpose (read part II for more information).

    Part I: install process

    The install process is very simple:
    1. Download the file
    2. Extract the archive
    3. Move the thunderbird folder to /opt
    4. Create a link to run it easily

    1. Download the file

    You can download the most recent public release from Thunderbird's website:
    http://www.mozillamessaging.com/en-U...arly_releases/

    2. Extract the archive

    Go to the folder where you downloaded the file (it should be a .tar.bz2) and extract it (right click -> extract here). Alternatively, you can also use the tar command.

    3. Move the thunderbird folder to /opt

    You will need sudo rights to move the file to /opt. You can either start Nautilus in root mode and move the folder graphically or use this command, assuming you are working in the folder where you extracted the archive:

    Code:
    sudo mv thunderbird /opt
    4. Create a link to run it easily

    You will create a link to the executable and put it in /usr/bin, this way you simply have to use this link to run the testing version, for example using the "run application" dialog (Alt+F2). I called it "thunderbird3" to make it clear.

    Code:
    sudo ln -s /opt/thunderbird/thunderbird /usr/bin/thunderbird3

    It is also possible to do all this in 1 line of command, but I prefer to detail each step. Feel free to post this command in the replies.

    Part II: Create a new profile

    Now that you have installed Thunderbird 3, you don't want it to mess up with your data. For this you will create a new profile. Simply start Thunderbird 3 with the profile manager:

    Code:
    thunderbird3 -P
    In this dialog box, click on "Create Profile...". Follow the instructions from the wizard and chose a name for this profile. Let's call it testProfile. Now you can select testProfile in the profile manager and start testing! When you want to use your normal profile, simply start the profile manager again and select it in the list.

    Part III: Contribute to the tests

    To make Thunderbird a high quality application, the mozilla team needs your help! The first thing to do is to subscribe to the Thunderbird-testers mailing list. You will then receive instructions about how to test the new features of Thunderbird.

    I also recommend to read the wiki page about how you can help.

    Part IV: Remove Thunderbird 3

    We'll simply delete the folder containing the files and the link to the executable:
    Code:
    sudo rm -rf /opt/thunderbird /usr/bin/thunderbird3
    Last edited by OrelEagle; February 28th, 2009 at 12:32 PM. Reason: Added remove command and link to the testers mailing list

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    Re: [How to] Test Thunderbird 3

    Thanks for the nice easy to use guide.

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    Re: [How to] Test Thunderbird 3

    Thanks

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    Question Re: [How to] Test Thunderbird 3

    Thanks for this "how to", I would never success to install it alone!

    Do you know how we can une the Thunderbird icon to launch Thunderbird? The only one I can find in /opt/thunderbird/icons cannot be use as an icon in Ubuntu.

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    Re: [How to] Test Thunderbird 3

    I did all the steps to install Thunderbird3A3; when I give the command thunderbird3 -P, it presents with the profile manager, but I can't create this profile and receive the following message:

    Profile couldn't be created. Probably the chosen folder isn't writable.
    [Exception... "Component returned failure code: 0x80520015 (NS_ERROR_FILE_ACCESS_DENIED) [nsIToolkitProfileService.createProfile]" nsresult: "0x80520015 (NS_ERROR_FILE_ACCESS_DENIED)" location: "JS frame :: chrome://mozapps/content/profile/createProfileWizard.js :: onFinish :: line 233" data: no]

    If I do sudo thunderbird3, there is no problem in working in such way.

    Can you help me?

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    Re: [How to] Test Thunderbird 3

    Is there a way to import everything from thunderbird 2? This would be really helpful as I have all my email, calendars, contacts in thunderbird 2. Thanks!

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    Re: [How to] Test Thunderbird 3

    I followed your guide but
    thunderbird3 --version
    Thunderbird 2.0.0.23, Copyright (c) 1998-2009 mozilla.org
    :/
    /* Christopher Lunsford
    binarymutant.org */

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    Re: [How to] Test Thunderbird 3

    thunderbird3 --version
    Thunderbird 3.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2009 mozilla.org
    .

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    Re: [How to] Test Thunderbird 3

    Quote Originally Posted by pediatracancun View Post
    I did all the steps to install Thunderbird3A3; when I give the command thunderbird3 -P, it presents with the profile manager, but I can't create this profile and receive the following message:

    Profile couldn't be created. Probably the chosen folder isn't writable.
    [Exception... "Component returned failure code: 0x80520015 (NS_ERROR_FILE_ACCESS_DENIED) [nsIToolkitProfileService.createProfile]" nsresult: "0x80520015 (NS_ERROR_FILE_ACCESS_DENIED)" location: "JS frame :: chrome://mozapps/content/profile/createProfileWizard.js :: onFinish :: line 233" data: no]

    If I do sudo thunderbird3, there is no problem in working in such way.

    Can you help me?
    Hi,
    Check the ownership of .thunderbird folder.
    If owner is root then change it to your own login :
    chown -R xxx:xxx /home/xxx/.thunderbird
    xxx being your login.
    This solve the issue for me !

    note : when you run thunderbird using sudo, you run it as root (this explains that !)
    Last edited by barjea; December 22nd, 2009 at 11:21 PM. Reason: don't want emoticon

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