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Cannot find the Profile Manager despite much searching - can I download it from anywhere?

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I have encountered the problem which apparently is known whereby Thunderbird 'loses' its path to the Profile file. Searching on the 'net I learn that I should use the Profile Manager to create a new profile but I cannot find that manager despite following all the instructions offered. Even sought it via Package Manager without success. I am running Thunderbird version 60.6.1 on Kubuntu 18.04.

I have encountered the problem which apparently is known whereby Thunderbird 'loses' its path to the Profile file. Searching on the 'net I learn that I should use the Profile Manager to create a new profile but I cannot find that manager despite following all the instructions offered. Even sought it via Package Manager without success. I am running Thunderbird version 60.6.1 on Kubuntu 18.04.

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A little mistake some people trying to use the ProfileManager for the first time make is Thunderbird (also Firefox and SeaMonkey) is already running.

Thunderbird should be completely closed/exited before you try to start Tb with the ProfileManager.

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It's actually part of Thunderbird. You need to use a command line "switch" (parameter, argument) with thunderbird in Terminal to start the Profile Manager. See: Using Multiple Profiles.

It's actually part of Thunderbird. You need to use a command line "switch" (parameter, argument) with thunderbird in Terminal to start the Profile Manager. See: [[Using Multiple Profiles]].
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A little mistake some people trying to use the ProfileManager for the first time make is Thunderbird (also Firefox and SeaMonkey) is already running.

Thunderbird should be completely closed/exited before you try to start Tb with the ProfileManager.

A little mistake some people trying to use the ProfileManager for the first time make is Thunderbird (also Firefox and SeaMonkey) is already running. Thunderbird should be completely closed/exited before you try to start Tb with the ProfileManager.
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Thank you, but I think I have stumbled into a simple solution. When I accepted the Thunderbird invitation to start a new account it created a new (small) profile file in .thunderbird with a new xxxxxx.default name. But the original (large) profile file was still there with its own xxxxxx.default name but which Thunderbird could not 'see'. Swap round those two file names and Thunderbird is now 'seeing' the original again with all its settings, etc. QED!

Thank you, but I think I have stumbled into a simple solution. When I accepted the Thunderbird invitation to start a new account it created a new (small) profile file in .thunderbird with a new xxxxxx.default name. But the original (large) profile file was still there with its own xxxxxx.default name but which Thunderbird could not 'see'. Swap round those two file names and Thunderbird is now 'seeing' the original again with all its settings, etc. QED!
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