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Portable Thunderbird hangs on startup with Mavericks, asking to allow contacts, how do I stop this?

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Portable Thunderbird hangs on startup with Mavericks, asking to allow contacts, how do I stop this?

As a part of the new security features of OSX Mavericks, it seems to run a "one time" check when you install new apps for things you want the app to access. In this case, it runs the check for portable thunderbird to access contacts and it asks me if I want to grant the application permission to access contacts. Normally, this is a one-time thing, but because portable thunderbird is "new" every time it is mounted on the drive, it runs this check every time. I found this out because I watch it appear and disappear from the privacy and security window under system preferences when I mount and un-mount. It wouldn't be so annoying except that running this check causes the app to hang a while, sometimes for a few minutes, before the dialogue window pops up and I can make the choice, after which it runs fine.

Any ideas on a work around for this? A terminal command of some kind?

Thanks! Matt

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Running in Wine?

Are you running the Windows version of Thunderbird Portable from PortableApps.com within a Wine equivalent (PlayOnMac, etc)... in which case, which OS version, which variant of Wine and version, where is it installed? Or are you running Thunderbird Portable as a Mac app you got from somewhere else? If the latter, we can't help you.

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Downloaded from macupdate

I am running a mac version of portable thunderbird from macupdate. I used this support page since this is where Mozilla pointed me when I was trying their normal support. I guess this means you can't help me and I will keep looking for the right support. Thanks for the reply.

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Legit Thunderbird Portable = Here

If you say Thunderbird Portable, Mozilla thinks you mean Mozilla Thunderbird, Portable Edition, which is for Windows and published by PortableApps.com. It's the only legally licensed portable version of Thunderbird I'm aware of. There has never been a legit version of Thunderbird Portable for Mac. There have been some unofficial ones from a few different developers.

The portable one I see listed on MacUpdate is of Thunderbird version 3.0 from FreeSmug, an unofficial one that was abandoned some time ago. The only other Thunderbird listing is the official Mozilla one which is meant to be installed locally. We have no involvement with either one.

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Will try official install

Thanks! I did not realize this, and I will try to switch to the legally licensed version that still has support and run it using wine.

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