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    Thunderbird update problem

    Thunderbird just notified me that I am using version 3.1 and that it won't be supported any longer.

    This came as a bit of a surprise to me because I thought that Thunderbird would be updated regularly like all the other programs and that I was using the latest version ?

    Ok, so I followed the link and downloaded the Linux version (10)

    But now I don't know what to do with the tar.bz2 file. Usually I double-click it and it will install ?
    Not so. Just lets me extract it, select a folder and that's it.

    Now, how do I update this old Thunderbird thing ? I really do NOT want a new installation where I have to redo all the config, add accounts and such. And I most certainly don't want to lose my calendar !

    Any help is much appreciated !

    Thanks in advance

    karen

    Ubuntu 14.04 | HP Pavilion DV7 1251-eg | Intel Core2 Duo P7450 | 4GB RAM | NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT | IDT High Definition Audio CODEC | BIOS: HP F.23 12/04/2008

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    Re: Thunderbird update problem

    Get a terminal and go to the directory containing the .tar.bz2 file.

    then extract the archive to /usr/local/lib
    Code:
    sudo tar -xf thunderbird-10.0.tar.bz2 -C /usr/local/lib/
    then setup the link (don't know why thunderbird works like this...)
    Code:
    sudo ln -s /usr/local/lib/thunderbird/thunderbird /usr/local/bin/thunderbird
    Then so long as your path contains /usr/local/bin before /usr/bin you should be good to go. Try typing just "thunderbird" on the line and hitting enter. I got some warnings running it, but nothing I'm overly worried about. And it picked up all my accounts fine and even went to check for new versions of my addons.

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    Re: Thunderbird update problem

    Why install from the .tar.bz2 packages when a stable PPA is available and would keep you updated with the newer version via the Update Manager?

    For instructions, please refer to the Natty section here (as I guess you are using Natty as mentioned in your signature):

    http://www.tuxgarage.com/2011/12/thu...table-ppa.html

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    Re: Thunderbird update problem

    !!!!
    This worked like a charm !

    Thank you

    It never occurred to me that I didn't have the thunderbird repository... or that I had to have it specially installed *sigh

    Lesson learned.

    Thanks !

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    Re: Thunderbird update problem

    @hwttdz

    Thank you for your reply !

    Guess I must read up on those tar things....

    Ubuntu 14.04 | HP Pavilion DV7 1251-eg | Intel Core2 Duo P7450 | 4GB RAM | NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT | IDT High Definition Audio CODEC | BIOS: HP F.23 12/04/2008

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