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    Thunderbird won't start after adding Firetray

    Hi,
    I'm relatively new to Ubuntu but learning fast and loving it.
    I was trying to set up Thunderbird to start automatically (but minimised or running in the background) by installing the Firetray add-on.
    Now Thunderbird won't open when I click on it in the launcher.
    I can't get it to open so I can uninstall Firetray and try something else...

    Ubuntu 11.10
    Thunderbird 14 (I think)
    Firetray 0.4.2

    Any suggestions please?

    PS: I would still like it to start automatically when I login, minimised, with new email notifications showing in the tray.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Thunderbird won't start after adding Firetray

    My Firetray v0.3.2 didn't like Tbird 14 and I haven't tried the 0.4.2 version (namely b/c it doesn't show up when I look for updates to my addons...)
    0.3.2 worked once, but successive (re)starts, it died a slow and painful death.
    Tools > Addons > "incompatible" smth.

    0.4.2 here says "Works with Firefox 7.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.1 and later, Thunderbird 7.0 and later".

    NOTE: I do NOT use the OS of your choice.
    I am content to run Tbird 3.1.9 for this sole reason, I LOVE the message indicator in my notification area.

    what does terminal >
    Code:
    thunderbird
    indicate about the addon?
    If you want the things you've never had
    you have to do the things you've never done.

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    Re: Thunderbird won't start after adding Firetray

    Exact same issue here.

    I installed Firetray yesterday and today Thunderbird doesn't open. The mail icon still turns blue when I receive a mail and a notification appears, so it is running, but the actual window will not open in order for me to view my mails, etc.

    And of course, I can't remove Firetray as an add-on unless I can do that.

    Trying to open Thunderbird from the terminal does nothing also.

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    Re: Thunderbird won't start after adding Firetray

    Quote Originally Posted by Phugoid View Post
    Exact same issue here.

    I installed Firetray yesterday and today Thunderbird doesn't open. The mail icon still turns blue when I receive a mail and a notification appears, so it is running, but the actual window will not open in order for me to view my mails, etc.

    And of course, I can't remove Firetray as an add-on unless I can do that.

    Trying to open Thunderbird from the terminal does nothing also.
    terminal >
    Code:
    thunderbird --safe-mode
    If you want the things you've never had
    you have to do the things you've never done.

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    Re: Thunderbird won't start after adding Firetray

    yesterday, for "grins and giggles" I installed Tbird14 in slackware, and installed the Firetray version 0.4.2.
    Tbird would "start" but not be visible.
    a terminal >
    Code:
    pidof -x thunderbird
    had 2 processes.

    I shoved it back in the hole it came out of and went back to 3.1.9 using v0.3.2

    Tbird14 also re-arranged my tabs/buttons/ and menu placement within the program.

    Upgrade? No thanks, it works fine as is.
    If you want the things you've never had
    you have to do the things you've never done.

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    Re: Thunderbird won't start after adding Firetray

    Ok, having thunderbird starting up automatically & minimized sounds like a good idea, so this is how I did it....


    Step 1: Install "Minimize On Start and Close 1.3.2" add on for thunderbird

    Step 2: Select "minimize on start" in the extension's preferences

    Step 3: Create a start up script by creating an empty document in your home folder and name it ".thunderbird.sh"

    Step 4: Paste the following code into the document...
    Code:
    #!/bin/bash
    sleep 10 && thunderbird;
    Step 5: Right click on .thunderbird.sh and select "Properties"

    Step 6: Click on permissions tab and select "Allow executing file as program"

    Step 7: Open "start up applications" from dash and click "Add"

    Step 8: Enter "Thunderbird" as Name and hit browse and find and select the .thunderbid.sh file you created earlier in your home folder.


    Thunderbird should now start up minimized 10 seconds after your desktop loads.
    Last edited by Petro Dawg; August 31st, 2012 at 11:28 PM. Reason: lowered the sleep time, 20 sec was too long

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    Re: Thunderbird won't start after adding Firetray

    Quote Originally Posted by Habitual View Post
    My Firetray v0.3.2 didn't like Tbird 14 and I haven't tried the 0.4.2 version (namely b/c it doesn't show up when I look for updates to my addons...)
    0.3.2 worked once, but successive (re)starts, it died a slow and painful death.
    Tools > Addons > "incompatible" smth.

    0.4.2 here says "Works with Firefox 7.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.1 and later, Thunderbird 7.0 and later".

    NOTE: I do NOT use the OS of your choice.
    I am content to run Tbird 3.1.9 for this sole reason, I LOVE the message indicator in my notification area.

    what does terminal >
    Code:
    thunderbird
    indicate about the addon?
    When I put the code:
    thunderbird
    or
    thunderbird --safe-mode
    into terminal, nothing happens...
    Is that what you were wanting me to do..?

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    Re: Thunderbird won't start after adding Firetray

    Quote Originally Posted by kiwipenguin View Post
    When I put the code:
    thunderbird
    or
    thunderbird --safe-mode
    into terminal, nothing happens...
    Is that what you were wanting me to do..?
    Yes, exactly but stick with --safe-mode for now.
    Terminal >
    Code:
    whereis thunderbird
    output please.
    If you want the things you've never had
    you have to do the things you've never done.

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    Re: Thunderbird won't start after adding Firetray

    Hi Habitual, thanks for reply.
    output from
    whereis thunderbird

    thunderbird: /usr/bin/thunderbird /etc/thunderbird /usr/lib/thunderbird /usr/share/man/man1/thunderbird.1.gz

    thunderbird still not starting in safe mode:
    thunderbird --safe-mode

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    Re: Thunderbird won't start after adding Firetray

    I'd open a terminal and type
    Code:
    mv ~/.thunderbird ~/.thunderbird.org
    thunderbird &
    NOTE: This will reset all your Thunderbird accounts to NONE. AND you will have to re-install firetray.
    You will have to test your Firetray that way, maybe add some trivial account and fire off an email to yourself to test Firetray....
    If you want the things you've never had
    you have to do the things you've never done.

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