Thunderbird Segfault/XDG_DATA_DIRS

Bill McGonigle bill at bfccomputing.com
Tue Jul 7 00:09:50 UTC 2009


Just getting a new F11 x86_64 machine going, and every time I try to
click 'Install' in Thunderbird to install a new Add-On, I get a segfault.

It crashes at:
  cache_glob_node_lookup_suffix

and doing some googling, I found an old (c. 2006) FreeBSD discussion
about this, and then it was isolated to folks using KDE and the
environment variable:

  XDG_DATA_DIRS

not being set to include gnome.  So, I added '/usr/share/gnome' to the
end of it, and voila, no more crashes.

The claim at the time was that KDE was duplicating one of the path
entries instead of adding gnome.

So, I have a fix/workaround in hand, but this should probably be fixed
more globally.  I have no idea what to file a bug on, though, or where
this should get set.  Or perhaps there's some package that should have
been installed but wasn't?

I don't have this problem on i386, though that's on different hardware.

-Bill

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