Thunderbird - Odd printing problems

Jonathan Kaye jdkaye10 at
Tue Aug 7 09:54:57 UTC 2007

NoOp wrote:

> I've experienced a very odd printing problem Thunderbird  that I
> can't quite figure out. The symptoms are exactly the same with
> w/SeaMonkey 1.1.4 (linux). Note: both Thunderbird & SeaMonkey were
> recently updated by Mozilla due to security issues.
> Problem: I cannot print an email message to my default CUPS printer. The
> CUPS printer monitor will show that the message is printing, I wait, and
> I wait, and the job never prints. The interesting part is that I *can*
> print a newsgroup message (such as this one) with no problems at all,
> and *can* print a web page. It's only email messages that are not
> printing. It does not matter if I restart CUPS, clear the CUPS cache,
> nothing works. Additionally, the same symptom occurs when printing from
> my network connected (via SAMBA) machines. All other applications
> (OpenOffice, Text, etc., etc.) print fine - ditto for the networked
> machines.
> Anyone else experiencing this problem?
> Ubuntu 7.04 2.6.20-16-386
Hi NoOp,
I'm using Debian (not Ubuntu) with a 2.6.22 kernel and like you just got an
auto-update from TB. I just tried printing from TB on my Cups
printer and it works with no problem. Printing is normal. I did have to
change the page size on the Print properties of TB. It had reverted back to
8.5"x11" and I had to reset it to A4. It did print before I did this but
maybe your printer is fussier than mine? Do you see your Cups printer in
the File -> Print... menu? Are the properties as they should be?
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