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    Default ThunderBird ICON disappear from system tray

    Hello every one

    I install an extension for ThunderBird, which can make the application come into system tray when I minimize it. It worked smoothly before I did some stupid thing in my bottom panel.

    Now, when I minimize the application, the icon disappears from the system tray and from everywhere, but I am sure that it is still running, because I can still receive notification when I get new email.

    What should I do???

    Thank u guys¬

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    Default Re: ThunderBird ICON disappear from system tray

    On 01/16/2012 09:36 AM, hujienavy wrote:
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    > What should I do???


    -=WELCOME=- new poster

    but, i can't help you because i can't understand why you would add an
    extension to TBird to make the application seen in the "system tray" (we
    call it a panel here in KDE) because it automatically 'falls' into the
    panel when minimized..

    so, i have to assume you are not running KDE--why not tell us what
    operating system and version you are using, and what desktop environment
    and version, and go ahead and throw in what version of Thunderbird..

    and, why not describe the "stupid thing" you did in your bottom
    panel--because i _guess_ it is that which needs to be undone to 'fix'
    your system back to the previous "It worked smoothly" state..

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    Default Re: ThunderBird ICON disappear from system tray

    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post
    On 01/16/2012 09:36 AM, hujienavy wrote:
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    > What should I do???


    -=WELCOME=- new poster

    but, i can't help you because i can't understand why you would add an
    extension to TBird to make the application seen in the "system tray" (we
    call it a panel here in KDE) because it automatically 'falls' into the
    panel when minimized..

    so, i have to assume you are not running KDE--why not tell us what
    operating system and version you are using, and what desktop environment
    and version, and go ahead and throw in what version of Thunderbird..

    and, why not describe the "stupid thing" you did in your bottom
    panel--because i _guess_ it is that which needs to be undone to 'fix'
    your system back to the previous "It worked smoothly" state..

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    I am sorry for not describing my problem in detail.

    The ThunderBird in my computer is version 9.0, and the system is opensuse 12.1 (X86_64), and the KDE is 4.7.2.

    After someone using my computer, the system tray was moved to the left side of the bottom panel, and current task could not be shown. I tried to get it back to the right side. Unfortunately, because I was a rookie in opensuse, i mistakenly made the bottom panel disappear, when I was adjusting the size of it. I could not restore it. So I added a new panel, and the thunderbird icon disappeared from the system tray when I minimized it.

    If I don't install the extension, the version of thunderbird i used can not be minimized into system tray.....

    Thank u for your attention.....

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    Default Re: ThunderBird ICON disappear from system tray

    On 01/16/2012 03:56 PM, hujienavy wrote:
    > After someone using my computer,


    so, the first thing to learn is to NOT let anyone (who is not a Linux
    Guru) use your computer...because you can bet they will want to
    experiment (or get lost and mess up your stuff while trying to 'fix it'
    the way they 'fix it' like they do in game systems)

    so, what i do is, (and recommend you do also) is add a user for each
    person you wish to share your machine with...it is easy! just go YaST >
    Security and Users (on left) > User and Group Management (on the right)
    and when the "User and Group Administration" window opens just click
    "Add", give a user real name, a system username, type in the password
    twice and do NOT check either Receive System Mail or Disable User Login..

    now the password needs to be reasonably secure, or course..

    and, if you don't have someone who needs to use your machine regularly
    or often you can just add one catch-all user like Friends or guest, or
    whatever...and, then let anyone use that account.....the main thing is
    to NEVER give anyone the root password and you can assume if you let
    them use your account they will WIPE OUT all of your music, movies, love
    letters, photos, etc etc etc etc---and, look at you with big sad eyes
    and say: I didn't do anything! It just happened!


    > So I added a new
    > panel, and the thunderbird icon disappeared from the system tray when I
    > minimized it.


    so, try this: search the forum to see if anyone else has ever lost their
    panel.

    http://www.google.com/search?q=site%...el+disappeared

    and, read a dozen or so and . . .

    or, make sure you have added the "System Tray" widget to the new panel
    you added to your system after the default one got deleted..

    > If I don't install the extension, the version of thunderbird i used can
    > not be minimized into system tray.....


    well, i'm running TBird 9.0 and i have not had to install anything to
    make it do what it has been doing all along...so, i have to guess if you
    get a System Tray installed all will be well...

    i hope!

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    Default Re: ThunderBird ICON disappear from system tray

    I think that widgets were not locked (right click on the lower panel, some empty desktop, or the top-right ToolBox), and the Task Manager has been removed. This is just another widget that can be added to any panel or desktop with right-click and Add Widgets.

    It will may be easier to right-click on the yellow "kernel" icon at the right of the panel and "Remove This Panel". Then right-click on the desktop or ToolBox and "Add Panel", "Default Panel".

    After arranging things to your satisfaction, it might be a good idea to "Lock Widgets"

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    Quote Originally Posted by eng-int View Post
    I think that widgets were not locked (right click on the lower panel, some empty desktop, or the top-right ToolBox), and the Task Manager has been removed. This is just another widget that can be added to any panel or desktop with right-click and Add Widgets.

    It will may be easier to right-click on the yellow "kernel" icon at the right of the panel and "Remove This Panel". Then right-click on the desktop or ToolBox and "Add Panel", "Default Panel".

    After arranging things to your satisfaction, it might be a good idea to "Lock Widgets"
    Thank u very much, bro!

    But, I am really unlucky...

    I can not add "default panel" or "system tray"..... When I did this, the application crashed every time....

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    Quote Originally Posted by hujienavy View Post
    Thank u very much, bro!

    But, I am really unlucky...

    I can not add "default panel" or "system tray"..... When I did this, the application crashed every time....

    Another thing, this crash only happen when i am under my user account. But everything return to normal under the root account, which means I can add a default panel normally.

    The details of the crash is :

    Executable: kdeinit4 PID: 10610 Signal: Segmentation fault

    HELP~~~~~

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    Default Re: ThunderBird ICON disappear from system tray

    Quote Originally Posted by hujienavy View Post
    I can not add "default panel" or "system tray"..... When I did this, the application crashed every time....
    To reset to the openSuSE default KDE$ appearance, delete these two files:
    ~/.kde4/share/config/plasma-desktop-appletsrc
    ~/.kde4/share/config/plasma-desktoprc
    where the "~" is an alias for "/home/usernamme.
    And login again. You may have to delete those files whille not logged into KDE$ as username; I am not sure.

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    Default Re: ThunderBird ICON disappear from system tray

    Quote Originally Posted by hujienavy View Post
    I can not add "default panel" or "system tray"..... When I did this, the application crashed every time....
    To reset to the openSuSE default KDE$ appearance, delete these two files:
    ~/.kde4/share/config/plasma-desktop-appletsrc
    ~/.kde4/share/config/plasma-desktoprc
    where the "~" is an alias for "/home/username.
    And login again. You may have to delete those files while not logged into KDE$ as username; I am not sure.

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    On 01/16/2012 07:16 PM, hujienavy wrote:
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    >> I can not add "default panel" or "system tray"..... When I did this,
    >> the application crashed every time....


    then your system is REALLY messed up!!

    > Another thing, this crash only happen when i am under my user account.
    > But everything return to normal under the root account, which means I
    > can add a default panel normally.


    and running the desktop environment as root is one *sure* way to REALLY
    mess up your system.

    you should never log into KDE/Gnome/XFCE or any other *nix-like system's
    graphical user interface desktop environment as root..

    doing so 1) opens you up to several different security problems if you
    (for example) browse the net, 2) too many, far too easy ways to damage
    your system no matter how careful your actions (for
    example: well documented cases of unintended change of ownership of
    ~/.ICEauthority and ~/.Xauthority from user to root sometimes occurs),
    3) anyway logging into KDE/etc as root is *never* required to
    do any and all administrative duties, 4) and, not even logging in as
    root just to see if it works as root is useful, because the "yes" or
    "no" learned is almost always totally useless in finding the
    problem giving the symptoms...while, logging into the GUI as root to
    learn the yes/no could _cause_ the next adverse symptom encountered.

    and, i think that last one is probably very true in your case.

    so, always log in as yourself, and "become root" by using a root powered
    application (like YaST, File Manager Superuser Mode) or using "su -",
    sudo, kdesu, or gnomesu in a terminal to launch whatever tool is needed
    (like Kwrite to edit a config file)...read more on all that here:

    http://tinyurl.com/593e4c
    http://tinyurl.com/ydbwssh
    http://tinyurl.com/6bo2cqg
    http://tinyurl.com/4nsaqst
    http://tinyurl.com/665h5ek
    http://tinyurl.com/6ry6yd

    additionally: after logging into KDE/Gnome/etc as root, if you
    experience problems (for example, with uncommanded file ownership and
    permissions changes) and if you can provide us with details of what you
    were doing while you were logged in as root, that would help us identify
    if there's a bug that needs to be fixed...thanks for your help..


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