Thunderbird Segfault/XDG_DATA_DIRS

Rex Dieter rdieter at
Tue Jul 7 00:36:00 UTC 2009

Bill McGonigle wrote:
> 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:
> 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.

This is a xulrunner/thunderbird bug, if anything.  KDE's use of 
XDG_DATA_DIRS is correct.

-- Rex

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