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Install older version of Thunderbird (resolved)
« on: November 30, 2018, 11:32:40 am »
I am using mint 18.3 64bit.

Thunderbird was updated and all my add-ons stopped working.  I need to return to a version where the add-ons were working.

I have downloaded the zip file for Thunderbird 52.9.1 known to work with my add-ons.

How do I install  the downloaded file.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Install older version of Thunderbird
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2018, 09:47:32 pm »
Can you point to where you got the archive, so we can see what's in it.
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Re: Install older version of Thunderbird
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2018, 11:56:41 pm »
Just extract the archive, enter the just extracted "thunderbird" directory, and run the "thunderbird" binary executable by double-clicking on it.
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Re: Install older version of Thunderbird
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2018, 09:40:49 am »
Doing this opens the older version but the newer version is still on my computer.

All the desktop icons open the newer version.

I want to remove the newer version by installing the 52.9.1 version how do I do this?

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Re: Install older version of Thunderbird
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2018, 07:57:21 pm »
Run these commands in sequence:
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sudo apt-get remove thunderbird
then
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cd /opt
then
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sudo wget https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/thunderbird/releases/52.9.1/linux-x86_64/en-GB/thunderbird-52.9.1.tar.bz2
then
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sudo tar xjvf thunderbird-52.9.1.tar.bz2
then
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sudo ln -s /opt/thunderbird/thunderbird /usr/bin/thunderbird
then
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gksudo xed /usr/share/applications/thunderbird-custom.desktop
and when a BLANK file opens, make it read:-
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[Desktop Entry]
Encoding=UTF-8
Name=Thunderbird Mail
Comment=Send and receive mail with Thunderbird
GenericName=Mail Client
Keywords=Email;E-mail;Newsgroup;Feed;RSS
Exec=thunderbird %u
Terminal=false
X-MultipleArgs=false
Type=Application
Icon=thunderbird
Categories=Application;Network;Email;
MimeType=x-scheme-handler/mailto;application/x-xpinstall;
StartupNotify=true
Actions=Compose;Contacts

[Desktop Action Compose]
Name=Compose New Message
Exec=thunderbird -compose
OnlyShowIn=Messaging Menu;Unity;

[Desktop Action Contacts]
Name=Contacts
Exec=thunderbird -addressbook
OnlyShowIn=Messaging Menu;Unity;
SAVE the file, and exit the text editor.

Now see if Thunderbird Mail in the main menu works, and opens version 52.9.1



To UNDO (and reinstall the more recent version from the repos)
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cd /opt
then
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sudo rm -rv thunderbird
then
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sudo rm -v thunderbird-52.9.1.tar.bz2
then
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cd /usr/bin
then
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sudo rm -v thunderbird
then
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cd /usr/share/applications
then
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sudo rm -v thunderbird-custom.desktop
then
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sudo apt-get install thunderbird
Done.
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Re: Install older version of Thunderbird (resolved)
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2018, 02:51:52 pm »
Now working OK......

Thank you for your help.

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Re: Install older version of Thunderbird (resolved)
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2018, 09:42:39 pm »
You're welcome :)
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