I am trying to install Thunderbird 38.1 on Ubuntu 14.04 but get the following error.

XPCOMGlueLoad error for file /home/mike/thunderbird/libxul.so: 
 libdbus-glib-1.so.2: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
 Couldn't load XPCOM. 

But the strange thing is my PC dual boots with Mint 17.1 and I can install Thunderbird on it with no problems.


Thanks for all the tips so far. The answer came from the hint that warci provided of asking whether I was using the 32bit version on a 64 bit system. I am running a 64 bit system and it was the 64 bit version I was having trouble with.

However just for the hell of it, I installed the 32 bit version on my 64 bit system and lo' and behold it is now working.

I have no idea why??

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Press Ctrl+Alt+T to open a Terminal. Type this to install libdbus-glib-1-2

sudo apt-get install libdbus-glib-1-2

Hope this helps.

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  • Nope. Says no files were added or upgraded so I assume that means it is already installed. – zeonite Jul 15 '15 at 16:00

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