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Is there anywhere I can donate to help Lightning get updated to work with the latest version of Thunderbird? Not having the ability to see event invitiations at all is just not acceptible at work.

I know about Evolution.

@forteller I had the same problem and posted about it on Mastodon. Let me see if I can find the thread with the solution

@forteller damn it there was actually an answer in this thread that told me to install some complicated sounding debian package but that comment seems to be gone :(

@forteller I was having similar problems, it's a bit of a mess but TL;DR: Lighting is now part of Thunderbird but if you had Lighting installed as an add-on then things break. See: support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/c

The config fix worked for me on one TB install but for another I gave up and created a new, clean, profile 😿

@colonel_sponsz I have a brand new clean install of Thunderbird. There's no calendar function that I can see, and even worse: Invitation e-mails are totally blank. There's not even an attachemnt you can download to use elsewhere (if there even was an elsewhere to use it, which there doesn't seem to be. Calendar does nothing when opening an .ics file).

@forteller Uuurgh, that sucks. There's definitely some bugs in what's going on with TB/Lightning at the moment.

@forteller it's actually bundled by default with recent versions of Thunderbird.

I got caught out by this as well when I wrote a Linux Format tutorial on mail clients last year. There were enough angry emails about it for me to add a correction to a semi-related tutorial two months later to mend some fences 🤦‍♂️

They don't say anything on the Lightning website, and in the Thunderbird docs it's a wiki page linked to from a wiki page that's been deprecated.

@bobstechsite confusions primarily due to the switch to the Thunderbird Foundation though? Best location AFAIK for help/discussion on Tbird is Discourse: discourse.mozilla.org/c/thunde Around the time of your article there might not have been the switch over to thunderbird.net yet?

@forteller

@zyx @forteller indeed, that was likely the source of my confusion.

There were also some versions around that time where people still had to manually activate it and/or add extra connectors, so it was a bit of a mess!

Recent builds seem much more sane. Hopefully if they haven't already done so they'll fix their docs too.

@bobstechsite @zyx I have a brand new clean install of Thunderbird 60.2.1. There's no calendar function that I can see, and even worse: Invitation e-mails are totally blank. There's not even an attachemnt you can download to use elsewhere (if there even was an elsewhere to use it, which there doesn't seem to be. Calendar does nothing when opening an .ics file).

@forteller @zyx if you go to the release notes on thunderbird.net there seems to be a KB link to some "calendar troubleshooting" steps that might be helpful.

The version of Thunderbird I use at work (52.7) and on my home machine (60.2.1) both look and behave differently!

On my home machine it seems to have disabled the Lightning add-on because it's not compatible. WTF?!

@bobstechsite @zyx Exactly my point in my first toot! ;) That's why it needs to be updated

@forteller @zyx the crazy thing is that if you drill into the add-on info (mine's 5.4) it was last updated just a few weeks ago

@bobstechsite @zyx August 15 it says here on my 5.4. Yeah, that makes it all even more crazy

@forteller @zyx judging by the troubleshooting steps it's down to the lightning add-on provided by the distro not being updated when Thunderbird updates itself.

Instead of automatically fixing it, apparently we have to: reset an obscure config, uninstall the lightning add-on, restart Thunderbird then let it reinstall Lightning

@forteller @zyx ...and that didn't fix it because the setting was missing 🤦‍♂️

support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/c

I'm going to try uninstalling through my package manager and then installing it direct from the deb on thunderbird.net

@forteller @zyx to confirm, downloading the .tar.bz2 from thunderbird.net and running that instead fixed the problem.

It still makes use of your existing data in /home. But you'll have to create your own launcher shortcuts if you don't want to open it from bash each time.

@bobstechsite @zyx What? I appreciate your efforts here, but I'm afraid I don't understand what this means. And my main point is that this needs to work out of the box for normal people to even consider using Linux. Which is what I care about, we need to reach the masses with FLOSS. So I'd still rather put some money into some sort of bounty or something to get this fixed for everyone

@forteller @zyx fair.

Basically, my steps:
* download tar.bz2 file from "free download" link on Thunderbird.net
* extract to home directory
* run ./thunderbird from ~/thunderbird

And I agree. I suspect the easier way is to probably install it as a snap if you're using a variant of Ubuntu:

sudo snap install thunderbird

@bobstechsite @zyx So you're saying if I uninstall it and install it again from snap Lightning will work? Is there something I can do to push someone to do whatever is needed to make it work for everyone? It can't be that much work if it actually works. Has to be a small bug somewhere, right?

@forteller @zyx I think it's a bug that should be raised with whoever's packaging Thunderbird for Ubuntu (or even Debian if that's also affected)

@forteller @zyx

Debian: itsfoss.com/bug-report-debian/

Ubuntu: help.ubuntu.com/community/Repo

I'll be honest, I haven't tried either route myself. So I'll intrigued to see how you get on.

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