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I made a shortcut to the file that I used to install and run Thunderbird, but the shortcut looks weird. Where is the file that is used to run, but not install Thunderbird?

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How did you install Thunderbird 3? – heavyd Apr 13 '10 at 0:23
I went to, downloaded the file for Linux, extracted it and clicked thunderbird. – Delirium tremens Apr 13 '10 at 0:24
I think he needs installation folder that that app has been installed like in Window, is it ? – Ye Lin Aung Apr 13 '10 at 0:39
it is, the folder where the app was installed – Delirium tremens Apr 13 '10 at 0:46
On top, why isn't Thunderbird in Applications -> Internet? – Delirium tremens Apr 13 '10 at 0:51
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After you have extracted the Thunderbird file you should have a thunderbird directory. Inside of the directory there is a thunderbird file. That is the file you should execute to run Thunderbird. So:


The application is never "installed" in a traditional sense. It just runs from wherever you extracted the archive file.

Clicking on a file in linux does not run it by default. You have manually execute the application. You can create a launcher icon which will launch the application by right clicking on the Ubuntu desktop, selecting Create launcher. Enter Thunderbird for the name, /path/to/thunderbird/thunderbird(acutal path of course) as the command. You can eve change the icon to one of the icons in /path/to/thunderbird/chrome/icons/default/. Select OK and you should have a new launcher icon to run Thunderbird.

The file you downloaded from is not an installer like you would get on Windows, it is just the files needed to run the application. Thus, there are no installed shortcuts or icons anywhere on your desktop. If you want to install an application like you would on Windows, you should use the default packages provided in Synaptic/Add-Remove Applications, or use a .deb file like the one jweede suggested.

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Why doesn't the thunderbird-bin icon look like a thunder bird which is the official thunderbird icon? – Delirium tremens Apr 13 '10 at 0:37
I clicked it, it's not running Thunderbird. – Delirium tremens Apr 13 '10 at 0:37
Apologies... the file to run is called thunderbird, not thunderbird-bin I was going from memory off my Windows machine till I could get to a linux box. – heavyd Apr 13 '10 at 1:14

If you don't want to manually set it up, you might want to give the Thunderbird DEB a try.

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Examples of default installation directories (32-bit Linux):

Mozilla Suite /usr/lib/mozilla-<version>

For example: /usr/lib/thunderbird-<version>

Examples of default installation directories (64-bit Linux):

Thunderbird /usr/lib64/thunderbird-<version>

For example: /usr/lib64/thunderbird-

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still not there – Delirium tremens Apr 13 '10 at 0:45
firefox-3.5.3 is there though – Delirium tremens Apr 13 '10 at 0:45
a mozilla folder is there too, but no thunderbird inside it – Delirium tremens Apr 13 '10 at 0:46

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