Thunderbird 3 – README

This directory contains Solaris builds of thunderbird 3.0.1, which are contributed by SUN Desktop Beijing Team. If you have any problem with these builds, please send email to desktop dash discuss at opensolaris dot org

* Tarball format

Extract the tarball to a proper location[1]
$ bzip2 -dc .tar.bz2 | tar -xf –

[1]: Make sure there is no thunderbird directory there before you
extract the tarball, it’s not recommended to just overwrite the old
thunderbird directory.

* Pkgadd format

1, First uncompress the zip file
$ bzip2 -d .bz2
You will get a package datastream file named

2, Install the package as root
# pkgadd -d ./
The default install location would be /opt/sfw/lib/thunderbird

To Enable Java:
cd /path/to//plugins
ln -s /path/to//

On Solaris 10, Java plugin is probably located at
On Solaris 8/9, it’s probably located at

To Enable Flash/Shockwave:
1, Download the Flash/Shockwave plugin from

2, Extract the tarball and place the files under

To Run The Application:
a, Execute the application by specifying the absolute path
$ /path/to//thunderbird

b, Add to your PATH and execute “thunderbird”

c, Add the desktop file and start from menu(pkgadd format only)
# cat >/usr/share/applications/thunderbird.desktop</thunderbird


* For Solaris 8 builds, you need to install GTK 1.2 library.
You can get the GTK 1.2 libraries from or

* Also for Solaris 8 builds, you may need to install some required

For example, if you encounter the following error, ./thunderbird-bin: fatal: relocation error: file ./thunderbird-bin: symbol fmod: referenced symbol not found.

You probably have to install Math Library(libm) patch,
Solaris 5.8 sparc: 111721
Solaris 5.9 sparc: 111722
Solaris 5.8 i386 : 112757
Solaris 5.9 i386 : 111728

You might have more than one libm library installed on your system,
please make sure that you are using the one under /usr/lib.

* If you could not start up the application or encounter some
unexpected crash, try to do this,

1, Rename the profile directory(“$HOME/.mozilla” for Mozilla suite,
“$HOME/.mozilla/firefox” for Firefox and “$HOME/.thunderbird” for

2, Start up the application without importing anything

Build Configuration:
* Firefox and Mozilla suite

Start up Mozilla/Firefox that you just installed and type
“about:buildconfig” in the URL field, and then you would see all the
build configurations used for this build.

* Thunderbird

Extract “buildconfig.html” from /chrome/toolkit.jar,
which records all the build configure information of this build.
$ jar xf /path/to//chrome/toolkit.jar \