thunderbird colors broken by upgrade from 38.8 to 45.2

Clay Weber clay at
Tue Jul 26 15:30:34 UTC 2016

iirc Third is now, like Firefox , using gtk3 instead of gtk2. The quickest way to fix this is to change to a different gtk3 theme in systems settings. The default Oxygen-gtk3 and it seems that FF and Tbird don't play well with it.

On July 26, 2016 11:15:45 AM EDT, Jason Paul Joines <jason at> wrote:
>         I'm using Kubuntu 14.04.4 and Thunderbird suddenly became 
>almost unusable yesterday because of a change in the color scheme. 
>dpkg.log, this seems to be the culprit:
>2016-07-25 11:26:49 upgrade thunderbird:amd64 
>1:38.8.0+build1-0ubuntu0.14.04.1 1:45.2.0+build1-0ubuntu0.14.04.3
>         It seems to be ignoring my system color scheme, and to be the 
>only application doing so.  Even Firefox 47.0 is still cooperating.  In
>Thunderbird, there is no longer a color distinction between the
>message and unselected messages in the message list.  If I select text,
>such as an email address or subject or something in the message body, 
>both selected text and selected text background are black, so I cannot 
>see the selected text.  In the addressing area of a message, there is
>distinction between one address line and the next, so it just looks
>one big area.
>         I've tried to downgrade to 38.8 via "apt-get install" but it 
>seems 38.8 is no longer in the repository.  "apt-cache show
>shows only versions 45.2 and 24.4.
>         Any ideas how I can fix Thunderbird 45.2 or downgrade to 
>Thunderbird 38.8?
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