How to Make Thunderbird Display Mailinglist Digests
By seapegasus on Jan 23, 2006
I finally left Evolution Mail behind -- it crashed several times a day as response to simple actions like copy&paste or drag&drop. It also choked on long emails and died several times just formating a mailinglist digest message. I had to
kill it the hard way, and as soon as it came up, quickly click another mail folder, otherwise it would fall into this "but I'm not finished formatting yet" trap over and over again.
Instead of Evolution, which I was using mainly for its calendar function, I switched to Thunderbird + kOrganizer for the calendar. Thunderbird behaves and is nice and searches through messages fast, no complaints up to now (I have been using it for one or two weeks now). kOrganizer's alarm (as opposed to kOrganizer itself) is confused about the time and date however, and its preferences pane shows up empty, so I can't set it... I assume I could fix the alarm by logging out or rebooting, but I do that so rarely in Linux that it just hasn't happened yet.
I'm signed up to the digest version of nbusers support list, a really active list which was growing annoyingly hard to read in Evolution. Then in Thunderbird, I was in for a surprise -- It didn't display the digest's content at all! What kind of mail client is that, if it only lists three millions attachments but skips the content? None of the settings (like "view inline") would change this behaviour.
By chance I found a solution today in a forum thread where somebody asked why his "Attachments fill up the Window". So that's what is happening! It doesn't skip the content, just the pane that lists all the attachments (which can be quite a number in a digest) is not set to scroll, but takes up the whole window instead, so the mail content is below the threshold without any scrollbar... I consider that a minor bug in the choice of default settings, but anyway, I found the solution:
Edit or create the file
~/.thundebird/yourprofile/chrome/userChrome.css and add the following lines (65px is just an example that worked for me)
max-height: 65px !important;
overflow: scroll !important; }
That's it -- the attachment list shrinks to a more handy size, and the content pane is fully visible again. And now I have about 10 digests left to read... Argh!