thunderbird in German?

Polytropon freebsd at
Fri Aug 2 03:02:13 UTC 2019

On Fri, 02 Aug 2019 00:57:12 +0200, hw wrote:
> Polytropon <freebsd at> writes:
> > On Tue, 30 Jul 2019 23:31:07 -0400, Robert Huff wrote:
> >> 
> >> Polytropon writes:
> >> 
> >> >  > After installing and enabling a German language pack as an addon
> >> >  > (not to be confused with a German dictionary (which is also
> >> >  > installed for just in case)), the GUI still remains in English.
> >> >  
> >> >  Those add-ons don't seem to work anymore. Version mismatch
> >> >  combined with improper or missing signing (same trouble as
> >> >  in FF). It seems they aren't needed anymore.
> >> 
> >> 	It is my understanding that:
> >> 
> >> 	a) sometime back, Mozilla did a major overhaul/upgrade of the
> >> 		interface between Firefox and addons.  As a result, all
> >> 		third-party add-ons and many Firefox-provided add-ons
> >> 		stopped working. 
> >> 	b) some of the add-ons (e.g. AdBlock) were rebuilt to the new
> >> 		spec; many were not, including my personal must-have PrefBar. 
> >
> > Yes, that probably is the case. Luckily (and thanks to search
> > engines) I was able to find out how to change the interface
> > language _now_. :-)
> >
> > Sidenote:
> >
> > Among the affected add-ons weren't just the german language packs,
> > but also an "interface locale changer" add-on where you could change
> > the interface language easily. Now this functionality is part of
> > Firefox, but you need to explore _how_ it works, to prevent the
> > disappointment of not being able to change the interface language.
> > I think the same applies for Thunderbird.
> Ok and _how_ do you change the language in Thunderbird?

I do not have a Thunderbird instance where I can check. I assume
(or conclude from Firefox) that there should be something in the

> Changing Firefox wasn't a problem, other than that I wish I could do
> that site-wide for all users rather than having to do it for each user.
> Why don't these programs just honor the language settings of the
> environment?

Yes, that is really a problem, because so many other programs do
it the right way; even temporary invocation in a different language
is not a problem for "old" programs. For example, if you set a
system-wide variable that applies to all users, that language
variable should be honored. I see multi-language support as a
great feature especially in FreeBSD, where I can use programs
in the language I prefer, and that might be vary among the
programs running in one session (for example, Sylpheed uses the
english language, while LibreOffice uses the german one).

Magdeburg, Germany
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