apt-get install Thunderbird 2 in the Feisty Pawn of the Fawn.

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There has been news about the quest for getting Thunderbird 2 in Ubuntu 7.04,  Feisty Fawn, since I described how to add TB2 manually to Ubuntu’s latest creature. Via the Ubuntu-Tutorials I came to this useful info:

“I am a member of the Ubuntu Mozilla Team, we have packaged Thunderbird 2.0 for Feisty, but it is in our testing repositories”:


Here is how it’s done…….

BACK UP YOUR EMAIL (described earlier)

I just did:

rsync -avzr /home/me/.thunderbird/  /media/external_disk/tb2/

Ready? So you add (all this is done as root, which I always set up, or with SUDO if you prefer):

deb http://gnomefreak.youmortals.com/mozilla-testing feisty main 



then you do:

apt-get update

and (where the -s signifies “simulate” to first see what would happen, precaution is almost always a useful measure 🙂

apt-get install -s mozilla-thunderbird     …… – then if all looks fine, then you do:

apt-get install  mozilla-thunderbird

NOTE: “that in the testing repositories there are also other builds of Mozilla Software, (Firefox 2.0.x pre-release update builds and Firefox 3 Alpha releases too, so please be careful!)).” – which is why you should do this from the command line and not Synaptic or Update Manager this or that. Plain strokes on the keyboard will do the trick. Once you’re done (see below) and have what you need from the repository, then comment it out in the etc/apt/sources.list so that you wont end up with anything do you don’t really want.

—– apt-get gave me this result:

Setting up libnspr4-0d (4.6.6-2.mt1) …
Setting up thunderbird-locale-en-gb ( …
Setting up libnss3-0d (3.11.5-1ubuntu0.mt1) …
Setting up thunderbird ( …
Setting up enigmail (0.95.0-0ubuntu1) …
Setting up mozilla-thunderbird-enigmail (0.95.0-0ubuntu1) …
Setting up mozilla-thunderbird ( …


Then just follow the instructions of the previous TB2 in 7.04 to move your data, in case you’ve been running it in parallel from /opt or elsewhere. IMPORTANT: even though the binary/executable TB2 file is: /usr/bin/thunderbird the installation folder or directory in which this .deb will be looking for or installing its own profile is in:


So that is where you have to place a copy of any profile/identity that you might want to recycle. That’s all folks!


10 thoughts on “apt-get install Thunderbird 2 in the Feisty Pawn of the Fawn.

    Jokertrm said:
    Friday, June 15, 2007 at 02:47 (157)

    Thanks for the tutorial, saved me lots of trouble!

    Cornflake said:
    Friday, June 22, 2007 at 09:46 (449)

    Thanks very much – everything worked perfectly. All my previously installed add-ons & extensions came up fine too.

    As of this posting date, I needed to add enigmail to get that installed as:
    apt-get install mozilla-thunderbird enigmail

    (same with ‘apt-get -s …’ too, of course)

    Manwe said:
    Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at 00:54 (079)

    thank so much , that was helpful.
    saved me lots of trouble for upgrading to next release as well as lots of time 🙂

    在Feisty Fawn中安装Thunderbird 2 - Kukoo's Blog said:
    Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 10:03 (460)

    […] [参考]apt-get install Thunderbird 2 in the Feisty Pawn of the Fawn. […]

    phyzome said:
    Sunday, August 26, 2007 at 14:42 (654)

    Eww, youmortals.com is just bringing up an adversquatter. Either the domain expired, or my ISP is doing something sketchy.

    phyzome said:
    Sunday, August 26, 2007 at 17:18 (762)

    Correction. I spoke to gnomefreak, who told me that youmortals.com has been abandoned in favor of launchpad’s Personal Package Archives. So, the new repository:


    Ian P. Christian said:
    Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at 10:37 (484)

    Thunderbird doesn’t’ appear t be on that repository, and the originoal one doesnt’ work! If I find one that does I’ll update this blog…

    Ian P. Christian said:
    Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at 10:48 (491)
    colono responded:
    Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at 12:50 (576)

    Nice one for updating this info, Ian P. Christian! This seems to work indeed:

    :~# apt-get dist-upgrade
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Calculating upgrade… Done
    The following packages will be upgraded:
    thunderbird thunderbird-locale-en-gb
    2 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    Need to get 11.9MB of archives.
    After unpacking 958kB of additional disk space will be used.
    Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
    Get: 1 http://ubuntu.iuculano.it feisty/thunderbird thunderbird [11.7MB]
    Get: 2 http://ubuntu.iuculano.it feisty/thunderbird thunderbird-locale-en-gb 1: [185kB]
    Fetched 11.9MB in 52s (225kB/s)
    (Reading database … 144485 files and directories currently installed.)
    Preparing to replace thunderbird (using …/thunderbird_2.0.0.6-0ubuntu2_i386.deb) …
    Unpacking replacement thunderbird …
    Preparing to replace thunderbird-locale-en-gb 1: (using …/thunderbird-locale-en-gb_1%3a2.0.0.0+1-0ubuntu1~feisty1_all.deb) …
    Unpacking replacement thunderbird-locale-en-gb …
    Setting up thunderbird ( …

    Setting up thunderbird-locale-en-gb ( …

    so go here for your TB2 in Feisty (but soon we’ll be in https://wiki.ubuntu.com/GutsyReleaseSchedule Gibbon world… 🙂


    doez said:
    Thursday, August 7, 2008 at 03:01 (167)


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