thunderbird colors broken by upgrade from 38.8 to 45.2

Jason Paul Joines jason at
Tue Jul 26 20:02:15 UTC 2016

On 2016-07-26 11:30, Clay Weber wrote:
> 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
>> selected
>> 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
>> no
>> distinction between one address line and the next, so it just looks
>> like
>> 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
>> thunderbird"
>> shows only versions 45.2 and 24.4.
>>         Any ideas how I can fix Thunderbird 45.2 or downgrade to
>> Thunderbird 38.8?
>> Thanks,
>> Jason
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         Changing the GTK3 theme doesn't seem to have any effect, 
although the only other theme listed is Emacs.  Choosing a different 
GTK2 theme changes the appearance of the scroll bars, column labels, 
etc. in Thunderbird, but it doesn't change the text selection colors, 
selected message colors, address fields, etc.


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