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Nostalgy for Thunderbird


I just found the best addon ever for Thunderbird: Nostalgy. It’s so
good, I just felt like sharing with the world 🙂

This addon makes is super-easy to copy or move a mail to another
folder, without using the mouse. To do this, you have two main modes:
1) Press s or c to copy a mail. This opens a text-field on the
status-line where you can start to type the folder you want to move or
copy the mail to. You will get auto-completion, and it remembers the
last x number of folders you moved/copied to. Press arrow up/down to
choose a folder and enter to move/copy the mail.

2) Make a rule based on sender and/or subject. When a mail matches
one of these rules, you will see it on the status-line, and you can
press shift-s or shift-c to move it to the folder automatically.

The addon can be configured very much, and is accectly what I feel was
missing in my thunderbird at least.

Great work, Alain Frisch. You will receive a donation from this happy
“customer” 🙂

Now, go get it yourself:

Thunderbird: IMAP Mailbox isn’t selectable


There was a problem with Thunderbird that was bugging me for a long while. If I did a search across all my folders, I would always get a pop-up window with the message “not a selectable mailbox” or something like that.

Finally today I decided to investigate how to solve this and I found this blog entry. I tried it, and it worked! This is what I did:

  • I located the .mailboxlist file that lists all the folders of the offending IMAP account. In my case the file was in my home directory. Easy!
  • In .mailboxlist I deleted the entries to the offending folders.  Apparently they should haven’t been listed there. These folders are meant to be carriers of other folders and therefore they have no messages. Why the file .mailboxlist lists them, I don’t know and I would love to hear if someone knows.
  • In my Thunderbird profile folder I went to the directory ImapMail/my.offending.imap.account. In my case the Thunderbird folder is .thunderbird. This folder has a directory with a strange name and the suffix .default; this is the default profile. In this default profile I found ImapMail.
  • Inside that my.offending.imap.account directory there is a list of files with suffix .msf. I simply deleted the files that corresponded with the offending folders.
  • I restarted Thunderbird… and voilà, now the offending folders are greyed out and in italics. And there were no more errors of this type.

What a relief.

(Shamelessly stolen from – Thanks Diego )

Default sort order in Thunderbird


If you are like me, you like the newest mail on top. The default in Thunderbird is to sort the mailboxes by date in ascending order. This is just stupid, it makes the newest mail go on the bottom, and on top of that, it will put mail sent by someone with a wrong date on their computer somewhere in the middle of it all, so you don’t notice it easily.

The fix for this, is to choose to sort it by order received, and descending order. But changing it for every and all folders if you have a few, is annoying, and for all new folders it will also be wrong. So what do you do?

Open the options, go to advanced and then Config Editor. Then confirm you’ll be careful, and in the new window that pops up write the following in the text-field on top:
Then double-click on the sort_order and change it to 2 (the number 2).
Then double-click on the sort_type and change it to 21 (the number 21).
Close the window, and then click on ok in the options window. This will now apply for all your new mailboxes, but for all the existing ones I am afraid you will have to change it manually through the “View -> Sort By” menu.

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