Workaround for Thunderbird not starting via profile manager

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When you try to open thunderbird vis profile manager you might see similar to the following error

The program ‘thunderbird-bin' received an X Window System error.
This probably reflects a bug in the program.
The error was ‘BadWindow (invalid Window parameter)'.
(Details: serial 5310 error_code 3 request_code 20 minor_code 0)
(Note to programmers: normally, X errors are reported asynchronously;
that is, you will receive the error a while after causing it.
To debug your program, run it with the --sync command line
option to change this behavior. You can then get a meaningful
backtrace from your debugger if you break on the gdk_x_error() function.)

Solution 1

Step 1

Make note of the all profile names that you have created.

Step 2

Right click on the top panel between clock and System and select “Add to panel” then select “Own program activator” in my version this is the first option on the list.

Put as follows:
Type – Program
Name- Thunderbird username
Command- thunderbird -p username
Comments – username – Thunderbird
Click OK

Step 3

By now your should have thunderbird activator for required profile next move is to create one for the other profiles.

To make icons different I would suggest to take thunderbird icon and turn it red using Gimp so you can easily distinguish which is which. Once this is completed repeat step 2 but before you click OK do the following:

click on the thunderbird icon and select your modified icon then click OK

Solution 2

Make sure you have the following package installed

sudo aptitude install thunderbird-gnome-support

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1 Response

  1. jkl says:

    Is this bug reported to Launchpad?

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