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Old 04-09-2006, 10:27 PM   #1
shortsword
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Thunderbird/Enigmail


Distro : Fedora Core 5
Email Client : Thunderbird 0.94.0
Thunderbird Extensions: Enigmail 0.94.0

All of this worked fine in Fedora Core 4 and the Thunderbird that came with that distro. I do not remember the level of Enigmail that was installed then.

I have just installed Fedora Core 5 and the integration between Thunderbird/Enigmail/gnupg no longer works seamlessly.

Every time that I start to write a new email message, a message box pops up that says,
OpenPGP Alert
Enigmail: Enigmime Service not available
To permanently avoid this alert, either fix the problem or uninstall Enigmail using the OpenPGP->Preferences menu
I get this message at other times also, for example when I attempt to open an encrypted or signed message.

I have also installed Fedora Core 5 on my son's computer and then he also installed the Enigmail extension into his Thunderbird and it works just fine. Obviously there is something different in his installation and mine. We went through all of the Thunderbird, Thunderbird/OpenPGP and GnuPG preferences dialogs/tabs/subdialogs and compared his settings to mine. We could not locate anything that accounted for my inability to integrate Thunderbird/Enigmail/Gnupg and his ability so to do.

I set the enigmail debug option to my home directory and started a new mail message. This caused a file named enigdbug.txt to appear in my home directory. The contents of that file are:
2006-04-09 20:05:25.364 enigmail.js: Logging debug output to /home/ted/enigdbug.txt
2006-04-09 20:05:25.365 enigmail.js: Enigmail version 0.94.0.0
2006-04-09 20:05:25.366 enigmail.js: OS/CPU=Linux i686
2006-04-09 20:05:25.367 enigmail.js: Platform=X11
2006-04-09 20:05:25.368 enigmail.js: composeSecure=false
2006-04-09 20:05:25.369 enigmail.js: Enigmail.initialize: Error - Enigmime Service not available
2006-04-09 20:05:39.851 enigmail.js: canUnload:
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Anybody have any ideas?
 
Old 04-10-2006, 02:53 PM   #2
farslayer
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I don't know hte answer to your question, but I can tell you when I had problems with enigmail I posted a question to their mail list and had a response that solved my issue in under an hour..

If you fail to get a resolution here I would suggest giving the mail list a try..
http://www.mozdev.org/mailing-lists.html
 
Old 04-12-2006, 12:13 AM   #3
shortsword
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farslayer,

Thank you for your response and suggestion.

I read the page to which you pointed me much to quicly and sent my original message to the discuss@mozdev.org list.

The response did not come in an hour but it was hours not days. The responder suggested asking on enigmail@mozdev.org. So, scratching my head I went back to the page to which you pointed me, and sure enough, enigmail is not just an extension for thunderbird but a mozilla project, and it has its own mailing list, enigma@mozdev.org.

So, I did send a new questing to that list.

No answer from there yet, but I wanted to let you know that I was grateful for your response and suggestion before I forgot.

Thank you,
 
Old 04-14-2006, 11:39 PM   #4
shortsword
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Farslayer,

It took a couple of rounds of back and forth to get to the bottom of the problem.

But the problem is now fixed.

The enigma@mozdev.org guys all said that I had to use an Enigmail version supplied by the Fedora Core project. Apparently, Enigma is very compiler/library sensitive and you have to have extenstion and Thunderbird both both compile by the same version of the compiler and using the same sets of libraries.

Finally, one guy says he had the identicle problem when he loaded the 64 bit version of Enigmail instead of the 32 bit version.

I was sure I was not that much of a newbie, but you ask for help, it is a good idea to take the suggestions. So, I checked. Nope, not the 64 bit version. The Windows version.

I have no clue I managed to download the Windows version instead of the Linux version. What a newbie dweeb.

So, long story, short. Downloaded the Linux version and installed it and all is well in Thunderbird/Enigmail land.
 
Old 04-15-2006, 01:03 AM   #5
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Glad you got it all sussed out.

I run Debian and Debian has a nice Thunderbird-enigmail package, so it's darn near impossible for me to get the wrong version on here.. but yeah it seems most of the enigmail problems I have run into were all simple silly mistakes and easily fixed once you find out what they are.

Glad I could help even if it was only indirectly by pointing you somewhere there was clueful folk about that project
 
  


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