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Old 11-02-2007, 10:48 AM   #1
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How to CD/

Could someone tell me why I am unable to CD to /thunderbird? TIA

bash: cd: /thunderbird: No such file or directory
bob@ubuntu:/tmp/thunderbird$ mv /tmp/thunder/ /thunderbird/
mv: target `/thunderbird/' is not a directory: No such file or directory
bob@ubuntu:/tmp/thunderbird$ ls
chrome removed-files
components res
dependentlibs.list thunderbird
dictionaries thunderbird-bin
extensions updater
greprefs license.html updater.ini
icons LICENSE.txt updates
init.d mozilla-installer-bin xpicleanup
isp mozilla-xremote-client
libfreebl3.chk libsoftokn3.chk README.txt
Old 11-02-2007, 11:06 AM   #2
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Ummm... It's telling you /thunderbird doesn't exist. "ls /" to see if it is there or not.

If it really is there, check the permissions with "ls -l /thunderbird".
Old 11-02-2007, 11:07 AM   #3
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/ is the topmost level of the file hiearchy. I don't think there is a subdirectory thunderbird in the / directory. To find out where it lives, you can use

locate thunderbird
find thunderbird
whereis thunderbird
Old 11-02-2007, 11:11 AM   #4
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It may also by in your home directory. type:

cd .thunderbird

The directory may be hidden.
Can check by ls - A
Old 11-02-2007, 11:18 AM   #5
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First find were thunderbird is, if it's in your home directory and it's hidden the command would be cd ~/.thunderbird If you do ls -al it will list all the hidden directories and files in the directory you are curently in. A hidden directory or file is prefixed with a . period.

bash: cd: /thunderbird: No such file or directory
You are trying to use a dirrect path here, so no there is no directory setup by default in linux like that. If you know the path to a directory you want to cd into, then using a direct path or absolute path would work.
Old 11-02-2007, 11:31 AM   #6
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That was really quick, thanks to you all. I will post the locations. Would like to start again, as I have the .tar.gz file and this is good experience for me. So, do I delete the followings files? Can you all suggest a text I could purchase? I am using Ubuntu, so lots of information, to confuse a newbie. Thanks once more.

Old 11-02-2007, 12:53 PM   #7
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It would help if you tell us what do you want to do.

There are several "thunderbird" directories: if you are looking for the files with your mail you have to look into your home for a directory .mozilla-thunderbird.

the usr/thunderbird directories you found are contains binaries, extensions, settings and so on
Old 11-03-2007, 03:58 AM   #8
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Problem solved, Thunderbird is included in Ubuntu 7.10, I found out last evening. What I wanted to do was/is to delete all the mess I had created in trying to open a tar.gz I had tried to install. Thank you for taking your time in trying to assist me.
Old 11-03-2007, 04:20 AM   #9
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It sounds like you might have re-installed?
For a newbie compiling from source(tar.gz files) can be difficult. If you check this thread I wanted to explain that there are binaries for many apps. While compiling yourself has benefits, any future software you desire, that is not pre-installed in Ubuntu, may be easier to obtain with adept.
Good Luck!


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