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How do I install sunbird in ubuntu 12.10?

I have the tar.bz2 file but I'm unsure what to do with it. When I extract it and click the executable nothing happens. I have checked the box that says Allow executing file as a program.

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Please provide us a link to where you downloaded the tar.bz2. Please see: – chili555 Nov 30 '12 at 1:04
Try running the executable from the command line to see if you get an error message. If you do, please include it in your question. – iBelieve Nov 30 '12 at 1:05
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Did you download from here?

Open the terminal and navigate to the download location (may be cd /home/user/Desktop or /home/user/Downloads). Then, unpack the compressed file with this command:

tar xjvf sunbird*.tar.bz2

Then, navigate to the directory that was formed (cd /home/user/Downloads/sunbird/) and start the sunbird script.


If you want to run it in the background, use the & key like this:

./sunbird &

If you get a permissions error, then run this command before trying again with ./sunbird

chmod u+x sunbird

You can also do this with the Archive Manager by extracting the folder and running the same sunbird script.

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how do I install it into the launcher? – chad Dec 6 '12 at 23:09
not sure, and maybe someone else can help with the unity aspect. you can make a shortcut to the sunbird script and then paste it to the desktop and maybe launcher. You will likely have to change the permissions of the shortcut in order to run. – philshem Dec 8 '12 at 13:15
Thanks! You were very helpful – chad Dec 11 '12 at 1:10

Go to your 'start menu', right-click and choose edit, go to lets say 'Internet' section, click 'New Item', name the launcher Sunbird and choose a path to folder and sunbird file. I have moved my sunbird folder to .local/share so the paths leads there. Hope this helps.

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