I'm having an issue with Thunderbird. I created a shortcut in the app launcher but when I start Thunderbird from there it doesn't download any email and the folders are empty. It works fine when launching from the terminal.

I think the problem is from where the command is executed. Thunderbird is under ~/Applications/Thunderbird and I usually cd up to its location then run thunderbird. The other day by mistake I run it from home instead of going in the folder first (i.e. ./Applications/Thunderbird/thunderbird) and got the same issue of the launcher: application unable to download any emails and empty folders.

Is there a way to set up the shortcut in the app launcher to execute thunderbird as if I were in its folder?

  • cd $HOME/Applications/Thunderbird && ./thunderbird ? Commented Apr 19, 2021 at 14:28
  • @ArtemS.Tashkinov that doesn't work: "Failed to execute child process 'cd'"
    – algiogia
    Commented Apr 20, 2021 at 6:56

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I ended up writing a script and linked the launcher to it instead:

cd ~/Applications/Thunderbird

I'll leave the question open in case someone can provide a better solution

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