Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Fedora 9 and Thunderbird / Lightning problem

Here goes the problem description,

You've installed Fedora without any development stuff on your notebook/workstation, Using thunderbird as the official mail client, using lightning as your default calendar handler.

If you are in the above case, you might face this wierd problem. Lightning extension does not show you the timezones, doesn't recognize the .ics invites which are present in the email. Here is why

Look at the following image for a description of what happens.

The problem could be that, you don't have the libstdc++.so.5 installed on your box. The lightning project also says the same. But the lightning extension fails to detect the presence of the shared library. This html tidy extension does good job of identifying the missing shared library.

In order to fix the problem with lightning, install the compat-libstdc++-3 package

bash$ sudo yum install libstdc++.so.5

Now, relaunch your thunderbird, lightning will work fine. It took quite sometime for me to figure out whats the real problem is.

Hope this trick will help you guys out.

1 comment:

  1. Hi! Thank you very much for this post! It helped me to run thunderbird whit lightning on Fedora 10.