## Thunderbird response to setup - problem

I have installed an up to date version of Thunderbird on OpenSuse 11.2, basically AOK.

But - it refuses to obey the choices I put in regarding the Get Mail setup. Despite several times going through the commands to
(a) get mail automatically and
(b) do so at the intervals I specify,
it steadfastly refuses to comply, meaning that I have to manually get mail every time.

I did see something about a missing file somewhere, but cannot remember how I found that displayed, and anyway do not know what I should do. All this is a pity as otherwise I'm quite impressed by Thunderbird.