No localization available for Thunderbird Lightning (open bug since early 2010!)

Rolando Gorgs rolando.gorgs at
Sun Dec 30 04:13:29 UTC 2018

Hello everybody!

I hope you all had a nice Christmas.
As I don't see any progress regarding this topic for one month now - here
and on Launchpad - I assume that this mailing list was the wrong place to
ask. Would anyone please point me to the right go-to direction for
Thunderbird bugs or in general broken translations in Ubuntu? Thanks a lot
for your help!

Rolando Gorgs

Am Fr., 30. Nov. 2018 um 01:40 Uhr schrieb Rolando Gorgs <
rolando.gorgs at>:

> Hello together,
> this is my first mail on this list because I don't want to escalate
> 'small' things that could better be solved within launchpad, but I really
> think this very long lasting bug should be brought to your attention:
> Since I remember the localization of Lightning - the Thunderbird Calendar
> - in Ubuntu is broken (better to say: not present). In Ubuntu wikis all
> over the world the recommended (dirty) workaround has ever been to avoid
> the official xul-ext-lightning package and instead install Lightning via
> Thunderbird Addon functionality.
> This workaround often caused problems in the past because the Lightning
> versions provided by Thunderbird Addons and the installed Thunderbird from
> ubuntu packages didn't fit together.
> Some months ago the Thunderbird people finally decided to distribute
> lightning (and its localization) as integrated part of their official
> downloadable thunderbird install package. Because of this they stopped the
> distribution of separate lightning packages via Addons.
> At this time there is no practical way to have Thunderbird + Lightning
> completely translated in Ubuntu! The thunderbird localization of ubuntu
> doesn't include lightning translation and xul-ext-lightning has no
> localization too. The only way to get a working and localized Lightning is
> to download the official Thunderbird package from,
> extract the installer and copy the included (translated) lightning addon
> into the right sub folder of your own thunderbird. (And those steps have to
> be repeated manually for every new Thunderbird/Lightning version!)
> Please (PLEASE) find a solution for this. The bugreport I linked above is
> nearly nine years old but the problem itself exists even longer. I don't
> see any progress here and I think this is due to misunderstanding and
> confusion where the localization of lightning has to take place. In my
> opinion the best solution would be to integrate lightning completely into
> the ubuntu thunderbird package as the Thunderbird people did and then
> provide the translation as part of thunderbird localization. But I'm
> neither developer nor package maintainer. Perhaps a separate
> xul-ext-lightning + separate localization is the better way. But please do
> something! :-)
> Thanks for time and your attention!
> Golando Gorgs
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