Cannot select .wav files to setup email alert sounds in Thunderbird.

Asked by Tony Brown on 2012-12-07

Hello - I have had unbuntu 12.04 installed and I am using the latest Thunderbird version for my emails.

Everything is working ok, but I can't browse any .wav files on my computer, to install email alert sounds in Thunderbird.

I use the settings in Preferences/General, select 'use the following sound file', the Browse and Play buttons are active, but the field to insert the .wav file is all 'greyed' out, and I can't browse my computer to select a .wav file.

The default sounds are working ok and my speakers play all the default sounds in Thunderbird and ubuntu.

Does anyone know how I can solve this problem please?

Thanks in advance.

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2012-12-07
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2013-09-08
Warren Hill (warren-hill) said : #1

Ubuntu does not play ".wav" files by default but can be made to by installing the restricted extras

You can check if they are installed by opening a terminal CTRL+ALT+T and entering

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dpkg -l | grep 'restricted'
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If they are you should see something similar to this

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$ dpkg -l | grep 'restricted'
ii ubuntu-restricted-addons 12 Commonly used restricted packages for Ubuntu
ii ubuntu-restricted-extras 57 Commonly used restricted packages for Ubuntu
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if not see here

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RestrictedFormats

Tony Brown (tonybrown) said : #2

Hello - thanks for taking the time to respond. The restricted extras are installed. I typed the code into the terminal, and the text you suggested did appear, exactly as follows:

$ dpkg -l | grep 'restricted'
ii ubuntu-restricted-addons 12 Commonly used restricted packages for Ubuntu
ii ubuntu-restricted-extras 57 Commonly used restricted packages for Ubuntu

From what you say, if the restricted extras are installed, then I should be able to play .wav files. Are you aware of any other reason why I can't browse my computer for .wav files, in view of this? Thanks again for taking the time to send your information.

Are there any bugs reported? What is the output of:

lsb_release -a; uname -a; apt-cache policy thunderbird

Thanks

Tony Brown (tonybrown) said : #4

Hello - thanks for your response. Not sure what to do. Do I copy: lsb_release -a; uname -a; apt-cache policy thunderbird
into the Terminal? Sorry but I'm a newbie to Ubuntu/Thunderbird. Thanks.

Yes, copy the command and press CTRL+ALT+T. Paste the command into the terminal and hit ENTER. Copy the output and paste here as an update.

Thanks

Tony Brown (tonybrown) said : #6

Here it is:

No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS
Release: 12.04
Codename: precise
Linux Ubuntu-12 3.2.0-34-generic-pae #53-Ubuntu SMP Thu Nov 15 11:11:12 UTC 2012 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
thunderbird:
  Installed: 17.0+build2-0ubuntu0.12.04.1
  Candidate: 17.0+build2-0ubuntu0.12.04.1
  Version table:
 *** 17.0+build2-0ubuntu0.12.04.1 0
        500 http://fr.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates/main i386 Packages
        500 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-security/main i386 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     11.0.1+build1-0ubuntu2 0
        500 http://fr.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise/main i386 Packages
tony@Ubuntu-12:~$

Dario Aversa aka Jano (jano) said : #8

I solved by installing the packages libaudiofile1 and libesd0 without installing "restricted packages".

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sudo apt-get install libaudiofile1 libesd0
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