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Fedora 9 Thunderbird Update Fix

Filed under: Linux Software — at 12:01 am on Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Fedora 9 Thunderbird
While updating a Fedora 9 installation I ran across an error. The error was with the Mozilla Thunderbird package that I use on a regular basis.
The error looked like this:

 Running Transaction
Updating       : thunderbird                                                                                                                                                  1/2
Error unpacking rpm package thunderbird-
error: unpacking of archive failed on file /usr/lib/thunderbird- cpio: rename

Obviously any fix that I implemented couldn’t loose my mail. The problem was with the dictionaries more specifically the /usr/lib/thunderbird- file. The error is not very specific but lets us know its having trouble unpacking the archive and ends with cpio: rename. So here is what I did to solve the problem:

 cd /usr/lib/thunderbird-
sudo mv dictionaries dictionaries-old

Thunderbird data is stored in ~/.thunderbird it is advisable you make a backup of your mail if it is that important to you. I didn’t since this directory is a library directory and all of my mail can be downloaded again with imap. If you use pop you may want to consider doing a backup. After doing this it fixed Thunderbird and I’m all up to date. Horray!

Let me know if it worked for you and I’ll let you all know if there are any problems.

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Comment by nobu

January 22, 2009 @ 4:08 am

Hey, it works!. Thks very much.

Comment by Chris Slee

March 13, 2009 @ 3:19 am

Works when upgrading from FC8 to FC10 as well!

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March 13, 2009 @ 8:20 am

Cool, mine was FC8 to FC9. So FC10 may have this problem too. Wonder why the dictionaries file gives it so much hassle.

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