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I require an installer for Thunderbird 17.0.8 for Ubuntu 12.04, or perhaps a command in Terminal to download this old version and install it.
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Installing Thunderbird 17

Use CTRL + ALT + T from the desktop to open terminal and add the Thunderbird repository under Ubuntu 12.10/12.04, Xubuntu 12.10, Linux Mint 14/13.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/thunderbird-stable

Next, update the system software packages using update command.

$ sudo apt-get update

Once you’ve updated the system, install it using the following command.

$ sudo apt-get install thunderbird
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Hi!

You can check what versions you have in your cache by using:
apt-cache show thunderbird

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Then install an older version by using:
sudo apt-get install 17.0.6+build1-0ubuntu0.12.04.1

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If you need another version than available in the cache, use a deb-file!

Regards, Tobias
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Thanks Tobias.  As it turns out this install is not in the cache.  How do I obtain a deb file and install it?
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@tuanbo91 - How do I install the software after downloading it?
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If you download the bz files provided above, no need to install. Just bunzip then untar the archive and run. I tried locating 17.0.8 as a deb file, and cannot seem to find. You can find 17.0.5 from http://www.ubuntuupdates.org/package/core/lucid/universe/updates/thunderbird.
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Thanks. Need some clarification on bunzip then untar then run.
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Thanks, however I need the 17.0.8 version, not 17.0.5.
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Will this automatically install on Ununtu 12.04?
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It is historical version.
It's only use is some testing.
So:
mkdir -p /opt/old/tb17
cd /opt/old/tb17
tar xf ~/Telechargements/thunder*bz2
thunderbird/thunderbird &
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@gheist - how do i try to run thunderbird after following your instructions?
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Do you have a thunderbird folder in /opt/old/tb17 ? Then try:

/opt/old/tb17/thunderbird/thunderbird &

Or if thunderbird is directly in the tb17 folder:

/opt/old/tb17/thunderbird &
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Cannot execute binary file
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There is a single executable file in opt old tb17 thunderbird
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Ok. What architecture do you have (x86 or x64)? Maybe wrong type in that bz2 you got.

$ uname -a
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Can you post the error?

wget "https://download.mozilla.org/?product=thunderbird-17.0.8&os=linux&lang=fr"
tar xvjpf -C /opt thunderbird-17.0.8.tar.bz2
ln -s /opt/thunderbird/thunderbird /usr/bin/thunderbird
thunderbird

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I didn't want to download the french version but english
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I did a wget of the en-US version.

After the command:  tar xvjpf -C /opt thunderbird-17.0.8.tar.bz2
It says tar (child): -C:  Cannot open: No such file or directory
tar (child):  Error is not recoverable; exiting now
tar: Child returned status 2
tar:  Error is not recoverable: exiting now
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if the directory not exist you can create it -

mkdir /opt

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There is a directory called opt already.
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You need to be in the same directory as the tar file.
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I am in the same directory as the tar file, which is in the Downloads folder.
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Can you post the following command -

ls -lah <thunderbird tar file>
tar xvjpf -C /opt <thunderbird tar file>

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-rw-------1 myusername myusername 25M Jan 4 22:09 thunderbird-17.0.8.tar.bz2

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tar (child): -C:  Cannot open: No such file or directory
tar (child):  Error is not recoverable; exiting now
tar: Child returned status 2
tar:  Error is not recoverable: exiting now
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Sorry, looks like I overlook the command -

tar xvjpf thunderbird-17.0.8.tar.bz2 -C /opt

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Ok, that worked, however:
After I do the following steps:

ln -s /opt/thunderbird/thunderbird /usr/bin/thunderbird
thunderbird

I get the following message:
/usr/bin/thunderbird:  cannot execute binary file
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Are you root? Is there a file exist call /usr/bin/thunderbird?

ls -lah /usr/bin/thunderbird

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lrwxrwrwx 1 root root 28 Jan 4 22:59 /usr/bin/thunderbird -> /opt/thunderbird/thunderbird
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The symbolic link already exists. What is the output for the following?

uname -a 
thunderbird &

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1. Linux myname-xxxxx 3.2.0-58-generic-pae #yz Ubuntu SMP Tue Dec 3 18:00:02 UTC 2013 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

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myname@myname-xxxxx:~$ bash: /usr/bin/thunderbird: cannot execute binary file
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Sounds like there is architecture mismatch. Please provide output -

$ file /opt/thunderbird/thunderbird
/opt/thunderbird/thunderbird: ELF 32-bit LSB executable, Intel 80386, version 1 (SYSV), for GNU/Linux 2.6.9, dynamically linked (uses shared libs), stripped

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I deleted the downloads and folders and redownloaded a different architecture.  I got it working.  Now, how do I get it to have a visible link so that I don't have to type in thunderbird at the Terminal?
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You can use launcher to create shortcut -

apt-get install --no-install-recommends gnome-panel
gnome-desktop-item-edit ~/Desktop/ --create-new

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When I type the command:
gnome-desktop-item-edit ~/Desktop/ --create-new

It gives this message:
Unknown option  -/Desktop/
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It's not:
gnome-desktop-item-edit ~/Desktop/ --create-new

It's:
gnome-desktop-item-edit ~ Desktop --create-new
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