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Old 05-16-2008, 06:56 PM   #1
marvinjean
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Thumbs up I installed Mozila Thunderbird – How to launch it?


I am new to Linux. I have it running and like it but I'm having some problems with it.

I have installed thunderbird mail program. I created a icon on the desktop but I can not get the launcher to work. I have tried many launcher commands but always get

“There was an error launching the Application...
Details: Failed to execute child process "./thunderbird" (No such file or directory)”.

I ran 'locate thunderbird' and got nearly 500 files and directories. I have tried to cd to a directory where the program might be and launch from it - same results.

I can launch thunderbird by opening a Terminal window and typing 'thunderbird'. How can I set the desktop icon to launch it?

Thanks
 
Old 05-16-2008, 07:38 PM   #2
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Hey There,

When you login to the terminal (where you can run thunderbird), just type:

which thunderbird

and note the full path to it. Then just edit your icon information to list the command as

/the/full/path/to/thunderbird

instead of

./thunderbird

which assumes you're in the same directory as the executable in order for it to work.

Best wishes,

Mike
 
Old 05-16-2008, 09:20 PM   #3
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You did not tell us which distribution you're using, but most distributions have repositories containing pre-configured applications, and a GUI menu system with a "Add/Remove Programs" item (with differing names, but the same meaning) wher you can select things like Thunderbird to install.

If you install using the pre-configured application, the application will, generally, be added to you menu, and can typically be started by simply using the application name. In other word, if you installed TB from your distribution's repositories, you should have just has thunderbird as you executable command. (I.e., no ./ prefix.)

In fact, if you installed TB from the Mozilla site, and installed it while you had root privileges (i.e., using sudo or su -c as a prefix to the installation command), then you should have been able to just use thunderbird as the command to start it.
 
Old 05-17-2008, 05:59 AM   #4
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Thumbs up Launch thunderbird from desktop icon

Thanks a million!

I'm using UBUNTU 7.10

which thunderbird worked like a charm

I will study up on the “Add-Remove Programs

Thanks again
 
  


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