Open up Thunderbird at system startup and found the wizard to create email?

There are not any of the accounts I had, no mail whatsoever

This happens to me very frequently, and thus I consider it one of the "ubuntu morning tax" - a way of qualifing all the problems that ubuntu gives you

  • This is a Share knowledge question. I intend to post my own answer.. didn't know askubuntu doesnt allow you to answer it right away – quinestor Nov 8 '12 at 9:53
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    You seem to imply it's an Ubuntu bug so I hope you filed a proper bug report. – user55822 Nov 8 '12 at 10:11
  • I have experienced this issue, but not recently and not under Ubuntu. What is your usual method of resolution? What do you identify as the root cause? – david6 Nov 8 '12 at 10:42
  • @david6 what system are you using then? doest it happen only at morning startup too? additional to this I have a bunch of folders in conflic in a couple of the accounts – quinestor Nov 8 '12 at 18:20
  • Can you please add versions for Ubuntu and Thunderbird. – david6 Nov 9 '12 at 7:31

I want to share what I do most of the time: all the solutions I've tried and work can be found here. Just patiently troubleshoot it. It is most likely a corrupt pref.js file.

The causes: to me still unknown, but the last two times I've had this I see that the history in package update includes mysql updates. Since this happens at first startup, i assume it is always related to updates.

Good practices: I have comed to save a lot of time by doing this:

1) backup the folder where my email is (thunderbird's profile) using deja dup + ubuntu one. If it is a prefs.js corruption it can be quickly restored, and thunderbird just needs to be restarted.

It can be used to restore email as well.

2) Always keep the profile in some other place that is not the default location. In the same link i provided there is more information about how to do that. This is to avoid thunderbird from "forgetting" your profile and it is easier to backup if you simply locate it with your documents

Hope it helps

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