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Sunbird and Lightning removed from Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

October 13, 2010 1 comment

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I assume you already read my previous article about Ubuntu having removed Sunbird and Lightning from their repositories for version 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx. If not, just follow the link.

In the “old article” I explained how to recover your calendar entries (Sunbird or Lightning), if you had upgraded your Ubuntu installation to 10.4 from any other previous version. Today I will focus on how to recover your calendar if you upgraded from 10.04 Lucid Lynx to 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. If you already upgraded to the newly released version, you will have noticed that your calendar is once again gone. But don’t panic: your data should be still there, and easy to recover.

The first thing you have to do is to make a backup in case anything goes wrong.

  1. Close Thunderbird
  2. Open Nautilus
  3. Look for /home/your-username/.thunderbird/
  4. Make a copy of everything that is in this directory.

So you are ready to start the recovery.

  1. Open your browser (you already have it open if you are reading this).
  2. Go to the Lightning FTP site and look for an up-to-date copy of Lightning.
  3. At the time of this writing, the latest version is the release candidate (1.0 B2 RC3) from the contributions site. The file is named lightning.xpi (right click on this link and “save-file-as…” e.g. onto your desktop). This is the required version if you run a 64-bit version of Ubuntu (why bother about 32-bit?).
  4. Notice that you should not install the extension over Firefox. If you launch the XPI file directly from within Firefox, you won’t break anything, but you will get an error message saying the extension is not compatible.

Next open Thunderbird and go to menu Tools > Addons > Extensions. You will see that the Lightning extension is still there, but as Disabled. Don’t try to update the file directly because the extension that Thunderbird finds is not compatible. So first remove the old extension. Don’t worry, it won’t delete your data or settings.

Then restart Thunderbird. Go to menu Tools > Addons > Extensions and click the INSTALL button. Look for the lightning.xpi file you saved before, click OK, wait three seconds for the button to get active and install the extension.

Restart Thunderbird once again and the magic should have happened. Your calendar and your data should be back.

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Sunbird and Lightning removed from Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

May 4, 2010 5 comments

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News update: if you are upgrading from 10.04 to 10.10 and already followed this tutorial before, visit this updated instruction set.

This weekend I devoted some time to upgrading and fresh installing the latest Ubuntu long term support release (LTS). Although I found it awesome, some of the annoyances took me some time to solve, and others were just minor obstacles.

One of those stupid minor issues is the removal of both Sunbird and Lightning from the Lucid repository. I never trusted Evolution enough to move my data over to it, so I kept using Sunbird for ages. Neither did I trust Lightning project when it started -as an extension for Thunderbird-, nor do I like Thunderbird as an email client, but nevertheless I have been using Thunderbird + Sunbird for years now… I still wonder what all these birds are doing in my linux box…

So after upgrading my Ubuntu box from Karmic Koala (9.10) to Lucid Lynx 64-bit, I noticed that my Sunbird icon had disappeared, together with the application. So no calendar data in my freshly upgraded box. No problems, because I have backups for everything. So the question is how to fix the problem fast.

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