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i downloaded thunderbird. it was a tar.gz file. i extracted it and its in a folder called mozilla thunderbird. i do not know which file i have to use to ...
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    installing thunderbird


    i downloaded thunderbird. it was a tar.gz file. i extracted it and its in a folder called mozilla thunderbird.

    i do not know which file i have to use to install thunderbird. i am a windows guy and i am eager to learn linux and there are no executable files. i tried to doubleclick on all the files but it doesnt work.

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    Ah, simple.

    Open up a terminal.
    Go to the directory. So for example, if you installed it in /home/abhinkrish/mozilla thunderbird, you'd do:

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    cd /home/abhinkrish/mozilla\ thunderbird/
    Now do the following to compile:

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    ./configure
    make
    Now you need to become the root user:

    Code:
    su
    <<Enter the root password>>
    Now we install the app:

    Code:
    make install
    Now we exit the terminal:

    Code:
    exit <- Returns you to normal user
    exit <- Exits the terminal
    Alrighty?

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    If you didn't download the source (odds are that you didn't), open a terminal and "cd" to the directory of thunderbird. There should be a shell script in there (I forget what it is called) that should be run. Simply type:
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    ./scriptname.sh
    while in the directory and thunderbird will run.

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    this is the error message i got

    [root@localhost thunderbird]# ./run-mozilla.sh

    run-mozilla.sh: Cannot execute .


    it said it cannot execute it... any ideas?

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    I think there are two different scripts. Secondly, try running it as a normal user, not root.

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    i tried running it as a normal user. it didnt work.

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    you will have to make it executable, try, as root a:

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    chmod 744 run-mozilla.sh
    or if that doesnt work try 777 instead of 744.
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    nope it once again said cannot execute run-mozilla.sh

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    the chmod command is supposed to make the script executable, the first 7 says that root can execute the script. You gotta be in the same directory as the script to run the chmod command. also is there any other shell script there?
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    these are the files that are in there...

    chrome/ libldap50.so* libsmime3.so* mozilla-xremote-client*
    components/ libmozjs.so* libsoftokn3.chk README.txt*
    components.ini libnspr4.so* libsoftokn3.so* res/
    defaults/ libnss3.so* libssl3.so* run-mozilla.sh*
    extensions/ libnssckbi.so* libxpcom_compat.so* thunderbird*
    greprefs/ libplc4.so* libxpcom.so* thunderbird-bin*
    icons/ libplds4.so* libxpistub.so* xpicleanup*
    init.d/ libprldap50.so* LICENSE.txt*

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