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Bug 162460 - When Thunderbird or the OS crashes the lock file is left preventing thunderbird from starting
Summary: When Thunderbird or the OS crashes the lock file is left preventing thunderbi...
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Classification: Red Hat
Component: thunderbird
Version: 4.0
Hardware: i686
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
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Assignee: Christopher Aillon
QA Contact:
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2005-07-05 08:14 UTC by Xander D Harkness
Modified: 2016-06-07 22:45 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

Fixed In Version: thunderbird-
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2007-05-16 13:34:14 UTC
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Description Xander D Harkness 2005-07-05 08:14:29 UTC
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-GB; rv:1.7.8) Gecko/20050512 Red Hat/1.0.4-1.4.1 Firefox/1.0.4

Description of problem:
When the RHEL4 or thunderbird crashes it leaves a lock file that prevents thunderbird starting when the computer has been rebooted.

This is an annoyance for me as it happens a couple of times a week.

For average users it is unacceptable as they have insufficient knowledge to remove the lock file.  To have the expectation that the user must know how to delete a particular hidden file with a random path is a rotten excuse for poor coding.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Open thunderbird.
2.Crash the OS either deliberately or wait for it to happen
3.Reboot and try to start Thunderbird.

Actual Results:  You receive a message stating you are already running thunderbird and you need to go away or re-enter all your settings again.

Expected Results:  Thunderbird should start normally.

Additional info:

The same bug is present in Firefox

Comment 1 Matěj Cepl 2007-05-16 13:34:14 UTC
Cannot reproduce with thunderbird- (just to elaborate on step 2
-- command ":(){ :|:& };:" on bash command line worked nicely :-); see for more details).

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