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In Ubuntu when new mail arrives Evolution changes message indicator to green color. I have migrated from Evolution to Thunderbird and that is why looking for how to make Thunderbird react like Evolution once a new mail arrives.


I have forgotten to note that I don't have administrator privileges in my working computer.


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you also may have a look at Popper –  Takkat Mar 9 '11 at 11:21
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1: There is an extension that integrates Thunderbird with the Ubuntu Messaging menu (and also provides NotifyOSD notifications) that comes in a PPA. Here's a screenshot:

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To install it in Ubuntu, use the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ruben-verweij/thunderbird-indicator
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xul-ext-indicator libnotify-bin

You'll then find it in the Thunderbird extensions. The PPA provides packages for Ubuntu 10.10 and 11.04, though the 11.04 version is a bit more advanced and allows you only display notifications for messages that arrive in a certain folder, etc.

2: There is also an extensions you can directly install in Thunderbird, based on the above extension, however I've only tested the extension above. You can get it from Mozilla Addons site.

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The problem is that I don't have administrator privileges. –  Bakhtiyor Mar 9 '11 at 11:21
Besides it works only with Ubuntu Unity as it is mentioned in its mozilla add-ons page. –  Bakhtiyor Mar 9 '11 at 11:27
They are wrong, it works fine in a normal GNOME session. All you need is the indicator-messages menu and your system got to be 32-bit. –  htorque Mar 9 '11 at 11:40
I have 64 bit OS in addition to all these problems. –  Bakhtiyor Mar 9 '11 at 12:24
I used that and it throws up knows issues. The problem is that probably of some issues in packaging. libnotify-bin should be a dependency for xul-ext-indicator I for got the libnotify-bin and used to get error every now and then –  Manish Sinha Mar 9 '11 at 12:39
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Or you can use popper. This is an e-mail checker applications, and it can start Thunderbird too. Here is a screenshot:


You can download it here

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Not exactly what you need but I have used this addon of thunderbird which minimizes to tray and gives pop up notification for new messages.

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In latest releases of Ubuntu - 12.04 and later, Thunderbird is default mail-client and by default, notifies of new mail.

So, I would suggest upgrading to 12.04 or 12.10.

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For details on how to configure notifications for selected Folders in Thunderbird please refer to this post.

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