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I have a symlink in /usr/local/bincalled thunderbird. Like I said, it worked when I ran it from a command line. But then it stopped working from the command line. I have found the only way to get it to work after that is to delete my ~/.thunderbird directory and restart the program. Which, of course, loses any saved mail. I can't keep doing this. I did not have this problem with 0.2 under Windows. This is 0.3 under Linux.
if i understood it, you've created a 'shortcut' (icon on desktop or in kicker menu) and made it execute symlink when you click on it. it executes /usr/local/bin/thunderbird symlink, right? what i mean was have you tried to change that so it executes the 'real' executable file (the one symlink was made from - /usr/local/thunderbird/thunderbird or similar)?
UPDATE: I read this on the Thunderbird download page:
Note: Do not unzip Mozilla Thunderbird to a directory that already contains a previous version of Mozilla Thunderbird. Either delete the existing directory, move it out of the way or create a new directory. If you install Mozilla Thunderbird on top of an existing Mozilla Thunderbird or Mozilla directory you will have problems.
That is what I did, I think. I reinstalled Thunderbird. I tried it once, and it worked from the launcher. I closed the program, and waited a few minutes, ran it from the launcher again and nothing. It now won't even run from the command line.
Has anyone had similar problems with Thunderbird for Linux?