[SOLVED] “Unable to find specified executable” Alert when new mail arrives in Thunderbird/Icedove

I recently installed Icedove in my Debian Desktop and I got an alert box saying “Unable to find specified executable”.

I had preserved the profile from previous installation (Thunderbird) and the add-on Gnome Integration was installed in my older installation which was automatically carried over to my new installation. I do not have Gnome currently installed in my system and I do not have the necessary binary (/usr/bin/notify-send) for the add-on to use.

To solve this, one of the two solutions can be used.

Remove Gnome Integration
If you do not have Gnome installed, it makes more sense to uninstall the Gnome-Integration add-on from Tools>Addons in Icedove/Thunderbird. Restart Thunderbird/Icedove and the alert should not appear anymore.


Install libnotify-bin from package manager
If you are using Debian or similar system, you will find a package called libnotify-bin in Package Manager or install it from terminal.

sudo apt-get install libnotify-bin

Note: if you have not configured your system to allow you to sudo, but you want to be able to, read this article. Otherwise run it as root by using su.
After installing it the alert will probably not appear anymore.

  • Abhishek_2k6

    thanks man….it help me , i choosed the second solution

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  • Matthieu Stigler

    thanks! Chosed the second solution and it worked!!

  • Jon

    You rock! thank you.

  • Esso

    Thank you! a long time that I try to solve this problem

  • Esso

    Thank you! a long time that I try to solve this problem

  • Duncan Murimi

    Thank you very much. Worked like a charm.

  • Bobjones

    thanks, worked great for me on ubuntu 11.04:sudo apt-get install libnotify-bin

  • sena

    Vow… it works at the first instance.  Thanks for your time.

  • Peter

    THX!!! It works fine now. THX!!!