Testing Mozilla Thunderbird Central Daily 20 safely on PCLinuxOS 2012.x

Hi all.

I wanted to test the latest version of the e-mail client from Mozilla. I am a huge fan of Thunderbird and it always was my main e-mail client. PCLinuxOS comes with the latest stable version. Its a good thing. I love stability of my distribution. However I want to try the newest Mozilla product before it becomes a default for PCLinuxOS. Also I want to help Mozilla Developers by filing a bug reports and make their products even better this way.

Here are few simple steps You can do if You want to test it too.

Thunderbird is a default PCLinuxOS e-mail client so its installed by default. If You removed it – reinstall it via synaptic.

Older version must be installed for few minor yet important reasons.

Close Thunderbird completely. Now open console and run these commands:


Go to Your /home/ folder

This version of Thunderbird is a bleeding edge release so ride might be little bumpy. I never noticed any problems but just to be on the safe side…

cp -R ~/.thunderbird ~/.thunderbird.backup.20

let’s backup Your profile first.

wget -c http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/thunderbird/nightly/latest-comm-central/thunderbird-20.0a1.en-US.linux-i686.tar.bz2

Download the compressed Daily XX file.

tar -xvjf ./thunderbird-20.0a1.en-US.linux-i686.tar.bz2

Extract it.

rm -f ./thunderbird-20.0a1.en-US.linux-i686.tar.bz2

Remove it.


Gain root privileges…

root password

…by giving correct root password.

rm -f /usr/bin/thunderbird

Remove old executable.

rm -f /usr/bin/mozilla-thunderbird

Remove old executable.

ln -s /home/yourlogin/thunderbird/thunderbird /usr/bin/thunderbird

Create symlink to a new executable in Your home folder. Replace yourlogin with Your actual login.

ln -s /home/yourlogin/thunderbird/mozilla-thunderbird /usr/bin/mozilla-thunderbird

Create symlink to a new executable in Your home folder. Replace yourlogin with Your actual login.



Go back to user mode and close the console.

Now You can use the old shortcuts (from the desktop, panel or KMenu) to open new Thunderbird. All the programs should open the mailto: links in new version of Thunderbird too.

Enjoy the latest and the greatest from Mozilla. I am. If You are using Daily You should know that it can also be safely upgraded to the latest version by using Help > About Daily from the Thunderbird menu bar.

Thunderbird 20 Daily on PCLinuxOS 2011.x

Going back to the repo version of Thunderbird.

Close Thunderbird completely. Reinstall Thunderbird using Synaptic.




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