When Mozilla Thunderbird gives you 0 bytes attachments

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Feb 212018
 

.. make lemonade. Yes, that would be nice, but unfortunately we are not talking about life and lemons here.

Today a coworker had a problem with Mozilla Thunderbird: She could no longer open attachments sent to her. Saving these attachments resulted in 0 byte files.

This nearly drove me nuts:

The email source looked fine to me. When she forwarded these emails to me, I could open and save these attachments fine, so it wasn’t the emails.

Also, attachments sent to a different account in her Thunderbird worked fine. So it wasn’t Thunderbird or the virus scanner or some kind of access rights problem.

As a test, I installed a new Thunderbird Portable for her account, guess what? It could also open these attachments.

I eventually solved the problem by removing that apparently defective account from Thunderbird and adding it again. Everything started to work normal.

There are days when you just have to accept that you don’t understand why it works now and why it didn’t work before. I definitely hate it when that happens.

 Posted by on 2018-02-21 at 14:42

Thunderbird and plain text e-mails

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Sep 242013
 

One of the things that have irked me with Thunderbird from the beginning was its insistence of defaulting to HTML e-mails. E-mail for me is about the text, not about formatting and even less about embedding pictures and what have you. But Thunderbird descends from Netscape Communicator who was the pioneer in this annoying HTML stuff. 🙁

There has always been an option to default to plain text but it has moved around the configuration basically with every update. The latest version has got it under Tools/Account settings. There you can – separately for each account – under Composition & Adressing, set the option “Compose messages in HTML format”, or rather unset that option.

I hope this will be the last time I have to hunt for it.

 Posted by on 2013-09-24 at 14:44