[Bug 456218] [NEW] Thunderbird window flickers

DoDuS sveterv at gmail.com
Tue Oct 20 10:50:31 UTC 2009

Public bug reported:

Binary package hint: thunderbird

Problem software: Mozilla Thunderbird (
OS: Karmic Koala 9.10 beta (upgrade from 9.04) 
Graphics: Nvidia binary driver from 9.10 repository (96.43.13-0ubuntu5). Compiz not used.

The problem is that Thunderbird window flicker ONE time every few second
(randomlly<60s), it does not flicker all the time, only one time every
few seconds.

To get this problem simply start Mozilla Thunderbird,wait and look at
it's right panel or any opened/expanded menu or message window. What's
interesting left panel (with folders listing) does not flicker, that's
the only part that't displayed correctly.

Any other software I use does not have this problem (Firefox for
example). only Mozilla Thunderbird, it's annoying when reading messages,
as it deconcentrate

I don't see any related activity in hardware that could cause this
(hdd/dvdrom read/write/, graphics card, internet connection, etc)

It happens all the time, I mean i don't need to do anything special to
get this, simply opening Thunderbird leads to that. Only Thunderbird
window flickers, I mean any gnome menu, desktop icons are not redrawed
or something, this must be Thunderbird only  related problem.

As it is really simple to check if others have this problem, please
check and comment here.

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
Date: Tue Oct 20 12:24:54 2009
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.10
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
Package: mozilla-thunderbird
PackageArchitecture: all
 PATH=(custom, user)
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.31-14.48-generic
SourcePackage: thunderbird
Uname: Linux 2.6.31-14-generic i686
 (gnome-settings-daemon:4826): GLib-CRITICAL **: g_propagate_error: assertion `src != NULL' failed
 (nautilus:4853): Eel-CRITICAL **: eel_preferences_get_boolean: assertion `preferences_is_initialized ()' failed
 (polkit-gnome-authentication-agent-1:4863): GLib-CRITICAL **: g_once_init_leave: assertion `initialization_value != 0' failed
 (gnome-panel:4852): Gdk-WARNING **: /build/buildd/gtk+2.0-2.18.3/gdk/x11/gdkdrawable-x11.c:952 drawable is not a pixmap or window

** Affects: thunderbird (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

** Tags: apport-bug i386

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