thunderbird colors broken by upgrade from 38.8 to 45.2

Jason Paul Joines jason at
Tue Jul 26 20:04:37 UTC 2016

On 2016-07-26 15:14, Doug wrote:
> On 07/26/2016 10:15 AM, Jason Paul Joines wrote:
>>         I'm using Kubuntu 14.04.4 and Thunderbird suddenly became
>> almost unusable yesterday because of a change in the color scheme.
>> From 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
>> ===========
> Do you have FossaMail available? It was forked from Thunderbird some
> time ago, and looks and works like it, but it doesn't get messed with
> every few weeks.
> It's in the PaleMoon stable, which I've also converted to, for the same
> reasons.
> --doug

         The Palemoon/FossaMail project does look interesting.  I'll 
check them out.  At the moment I'm still hoping to find a quick fix for 
this issue or a way to go back to Thunderbird 38.8.


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