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Installing Thunderbird

Postby fishphone » Sat Aug 27, 2005 3:48 pm

I have downloaded Thunderbird (as a zip archive) from mozilla.org but upon following installation instructions nothing happens. I have tried several online docs for installing programs in Linux but cannot find any help. Forgive me for being a Linux dummy, but I am really trying to convert myself!!!!
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RE: Installing Thunderbird

Postby RD » Sat Aug 27, 2005 4:57 pm

im not too sure for your distro but debian apt-get install thunderbird and all is done how ever i do know that mozilla have a shell installer for firefox so im guessing it would be the same for thunderbird so a case of open terminal cd /home/yourname/downladdir then run sh thunderbird-installer.sh or ./ thunderbird-installer or what ever the little script is called you may need to do this as root

if there is no script then you may need to compile it

again terminal

./configure

once done

make

once done

su
enter password

make install

all done :D

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RE: Installing Thunderbird

Postby RD » Sat Aug 27, 2005 5:08 pm

I just downloaded the linux version there is a shell script called thunderbird simply open the terminal cd to thunderbird and run ./thunderbird jobs a good one :D

like so

RD@Ixl2:~$ cd kiso
RD@Ixl2:~/kiso$ cd thunderbird
RD@Ixl2:~/kiso/thunderbird$ ls
chrome libldap50.so libsmime3.so mozilla-xremote-client
components libmozjs.so libsoftokn3.chk README.txt
components.ini libnspr4.so libsoftokn3.so res
defaults libnss3.so libssl3.so run-mozilla.sh
extensions libnssckbi.so libxpcom_compat.so thunderbird
greprefs libplc4.so libxpcom.so thunderbird-bin
icons libplds4.so libxpistub.so xpicleanup
init.d libprldap50.so LICENSE.txt
RD@Ixl2:~/kiso/thunderbird$ ./thunderbird <---- this will start thunderbird :D
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RE: Installing Thunderbird

Postby fishphone » Sat Sep 03, 2005 8:54 pm

Not sure how you doing this, so here is the screen dump from terminal that I am currently at. What do I type next (I need it exactly character by character as I am new to all this)

[root@localhost thunderbird_install]# ls
chrome extensions libldap50.so libnssckbi.so libsmime3.so libxpcom_compat.so mozilla-xremote-client thunderbird
components greprefs libmozjs.so libplc4.so libsoftokn3.chk libxpcom.so README.txt thunderbird-bin
components.ini icons libnspr4.so libplds4.so libsoftokn3.so libxpistub.so res xpicleanup
defaults init.d libnss3.so libprldap50.so libssl3.so LICENSE.txt run-mozilla.sh
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RE: Installing Thunderbird

Postby bigjohn » Sun Sep 04, 2005 2:35 am

Which looks like the listing when you've uncompressed a tar.gz file, which is probably what you downloaded.

What distro are you using? because in nearly all cases, it's not necessary to go through the pain of all that manual install stuff - though if you look in the README.txt it should give you the instructions of what you'd need to do from there.

Your distro probably already supplies it in their packaged version. A million times easier.
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RE: Installing Thunderbird

Postby fingers99 » Sun Sep 04, 2005 2:47 am

Your distro probably already supplies it in their packaged version. A million times easier.


Agreed!

On the other hand, you can probably just do:

./run-mozilla.sh

from the thunderbird_install directory.
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RE: Installing Thunderbird

Postby fishphone » Sun Sep 04, 2005 10:29 am

Tried ./run-mozilla.sh....no good. Here is latest screen dump. I am beginning to wonder if I am not cut out for this Linux stuff.At least in Windows its easy to install apps. I have tried ./run command with thunderbird and thunderbird-bin files shown in list also with no joy.

[root@localhost thunderbird_install]# ls
chrome libldap50.so libsmime3.so mozilla-xremote-client
components libmozjs.so libsoftokn3.chk README.txt
components.ini libnspr4.so libsoftokn3.so res
defaults libnss3.so libssl3.so run-mozilla.sh
extensions libnssckbi.so libxpcom_compat.so thunderbird
greprefs libplc4.so libxpcom.so thunderbird-bin
icons libplds4.so libxpistub.so xpicleanup
init.d libprldap50.so LICENSE.txt
[root@localhost thunderbird_install]# ./run-mozilla.sh

run-mozilla.sh: Cannot execute .

[root@localhost thunderbird_install]#
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RE: Installing Thunderbird

Postby towy71 » Sun Sep 04, 2005 11:38 am

fishphone
do "ls -al" in that directory and post that back here please
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RE: Installing Thunderbird

Postby fishphone » Sun Sep 04, 2005 1:19 pm

[root@localhost thunderbird_install]# ls -al
total 16168
drwxr-xr-- 10 root root 4096 Sep 3 21:44 .
drwxr-x--- 20 root root 4096 Sep 4 11:14 ..
drwxr-xr-x 4 root root 4096 Sep 3 21:44 chrome
drwxr-xr-x 4 root root 4096 Sep 3 21:44 components
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 24 Jul 16 13:24 components.ini
drwxr-xr-x 7 root root 4096 Sep 3 21:44 defaults
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Sep 3 21:44 extensions
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Sep 3 21:44 greprefs
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Sep 3 21:44 icons
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Sep 3 21:44 init.d
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 174036 Jul 16 13:28 libldap50.so
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 533776 Jul 16 13:28 libmozjs.so
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 208064 Jul 16 13:28 libnspr4.so
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 448596 Jul 16 13:28 libnss3.so
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 230724 Jul 16 13:28 libnssckbi.so
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 15984 Jul 16 13:28 libplc4.so
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 10080 Jul 16 13:28 libplds4.so
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 15232 Jul 16 13:28 libprldap50.so
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 149328 Jul 16 13:28 libsmime3.so
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 476 Jul 16 13:28 libsoftokn3.chk
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 463392 Jul 16 13:28 libsoftokn3.so
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 136696 Jul 16 13:28 libssl3.so
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 110948 Jul 16 13:28 libxpcom_compat.so
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 755524 Jul 16 13:28 libxpcom.so
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 8528 Jul 16 13:28 libxpistub.so
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 6462 Nov 29 2004 LICENSE.txt
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 10440 Jul 16 13:28 mozilla-xremote-client
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 185 Aug 11 2004 README.txt
drwxr-xr-x 4 root root 4096 Sep 3 21:44 res
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 10897 Dec 15 2003 run-mozilla.sh
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 6653 Jul 16 12:50 thunderbird
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 12942204 Jul 16 13:28 thunderbird-bin
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 26520 Jul 16 13:28 xpicleanup
[root@localhost thunderbird_install]#
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RE: Installing Thunderbird

Postby RD » Sun Sep 04, 2005 1:36 pm

try

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 sh run-mozilla.sh


if that dont work simply su and run the above command
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RE: Installing Thunderbird

Postby fingers99 » Sun Sep 04, 2005 2:52 pm

Then again, depending on the distro you have it'll almost always be easier to use the binary package for your distro. Building from source is best left for emergencies!
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RE: Installing Thunderbird

Postby towy71 » Sun Sep 04, 2005 3:00 pm

honestly it would be better if you went to http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/ and downloaded the version there, then unpack it and double click on the firefox-installer icon. This worked for me, obviously as I am using Firefox to post this :roll: :lol: :P

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Re: RE: Installing Thunderbird

Postby bigjohn » Mon Sep 05, 2005 12:39 am

towy71 wrote:honestly it would be better if you went to http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/ and downloaded the version there, then unpack it and double click on the firefox-installer icon. This worked for me, obviously as I am using Firefox to post this :roll: :lol: :P

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Ha! </smugness> Personally, I was quite happy just doing
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# emerge mozilla-firefox
then sitting back and letting the system "do it's thing" while I indulged in a couple of games of GNUBG!

As I didn't select any particular mirror when I set my gentoo install up, I don't know where they've got the e-build script pointing, it could be at mozilla's site or they may have mirrored it elsewhere!

But you've still got to watch out for a few curious things with the distro supplies version(s) i.e. when I had mandriva 2005LE installed, "they" had applied all the various patches, security and otherwise, but the version number still said 1.0.2 - I didn't bother looking to find out why they might have done it like that.

And also, on the occassion that I tried to get the code from mozillas site, it all installed OK, but I had to ponce around a bit to get it into the kde menu. The mandrake version had had no problems doing that.

Hence I still say that the thread originator should get it from their distro repository.

Saves a lot of hassle!

regards

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p.s. Oh and yes, I'm posting this with it!
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