[Bug 990194] [NEW] "Check for new messages" settings are not working

Andreas Jonsson andreasjon at gmail.com
Fri Apr 27 23:36:39 UTC 2012

Public bug reported:

Neither the "Check for new messages settings at startup" or the "Check
for new messages settings every" have any effect. In particular I want
to turn off auto-check both at startup and at all other times, so I have
unchecked both options. However, Thunderbird still checks for new email
both at startup and every few minutes or so. As a workaround I tried to
set the "Check for new messages settings every" setting to 999999
minutes hoping that this would at least stop the interval checking.
However, that didn't work either. Email still trickles in every few

This is very annoying and a huge productivity fail. Any productivity
manager will tell you to read email only when you want/need to, not when
the email application demands it :-)

This is on Thunderbird 12.0 on Ubuntu 12.04. I am using three IMAP

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.04
Package: thunderbird 12.0~b5+build1-0ubuntu0.12.04.1~mtn3
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.2.0-24.37-generic 3.2.14
Uname: Linux 3.2.0-24-generic x86_64
AddonCompatCheckDisabled: False
AlsaVersion: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Driver Version 1.0.24.
ApportVersion: 2.0.1-0ubuntu6
Architecture: amd64
 **** List of CAPTURE Hardware Devices ****
 card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 0: AD198x Analog [AD198x Analog]
   Subdevices: 2/2
   Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
   Subdevice #1: subdevice #1
 /dev/snd/controlC0:  andreas    2453 F.... pulseaudio
BuildID: 20120423103947
 Card hw:0 'Intel'/'HDA Intel at 0xfe220000 irq 48'
   Mixer name	: 'Analog Devices AD1984'
   Components	: 'HDA:11d41984,17aa20d7,00100400'
   Controls      : 32
   Simple ctrls  : 20
 Card hw:29 'ThinkPadEC'/'ThinkPad Console Audio Control at EC reg 0x30, fw 7KHT24WW-1.08'
   Mixer name	: 'ThinkPad EC 7KHT24WW-1.08'
   Components	: ''
   Controls      : 1
   Simple ctrls  : 1
 Simple mixer control 'Console',0
   Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined penum
   Playback channels: Mono
   Mono: Playback [on]
Channel: beta
Date: Fri Apr 27 19:26:04 2012
ForcedLayersAccel: False
 auto lo
 iface lo inet loopback
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.04 LTS "Lucid Lynx" - Release amd64 (20100429)
 default via dev eth0  proto static dev eth0  proto kernel  scope link  src  metric 1 dev eth0  scope link  metric 1000
 PATH=(custom, user)
Profiles: Profile0 (Default) - LastVersion=12.0/20120423103947 (Running)
RunningIncompatibleAddons: True
SourcePackage: thunderbird
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to precise on 2012-04-14 (13 days ago)
dmi.bios.date: 04/08/2010
dmi.bios.vendor: LENOVO
dmi.bios.version: 7LETC7WW (2.27 )
dmi.board.name: 7658CTO
dmi.board.vendor: LENOVO
dmi.board.version: Not Available
dmi.chassis.asset.tag: No Asset Information
dmi.chassis.type: 10
dmi.chassis.vendor: LENOVO
dmi.chassis.version: Not Available
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnLENOVO:bvr7LETC7WW(2.27):bd04/08/2010:svnLENOVO:pn7658CTO:pvrThinkPadT61:rvnLENOVO:rn7658CTO:rvrNotAvailable:cvnLENOVO:ct10:cvrNotAvailable:
dmi.product.name: 7658CTO
dmi.product.version: ThinkPad T61
dmi.sys.vendor: LENOVO

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

** Tags: amd64 apport-bug beta-channel precise

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