thunderbird in German?

Polytropon freebsd at
Sat Aug 3 02:08:17 UTC 2019

On Fri, 02 Aug 2019 22:20:40 +0200, hw wrote:
> Polytropon <freebsd at> writes:
> > With some more search engineering I found a way that works.
> >
> > It works _at the moment_.
> >
> > It's so stupid that by using your brain in a normal manner
> > you never would have come up with such a stupid idea...
> >
> > Go to the "hamburger menu" -> Preferences -> Preferences ->
> > Advanced -> Config Editor and accept the risk. Now add a
> > new entry of type "string". The entry's name shall be:
> >
> > 	intl.locale.requested
> >
> > It's value shall be empty. Yes, you need to add a setting
> > that has no actual value (except you consider empty string
> > a value, which is acceptable).
> >
> > Restart Thunderbird.
> >
> > And now in German, please. :-)
> Thank you very much, this actually works! :)


This also worked in Firefox 58, but didn't work anymore in 60.
So remember that after an upgrade of Thunderbird, one of the
following two things can happen:

	a) Thunderbird relapses to English, and now there is
	   an option to set the interface language.

	b) Thunderbird relapses to English, and you need to
	   find another config editor hack to get German back.

I'm happy that stupid old Sylpheed mailer always is in the
language that $LC_* requests... ;-)

> You have to have the language pack installed for this to work, though.

Correct. I did install it before, but pure installing did not
have an effect, and you could not "select it".

> I'll still try Sylpheed ...  It's been around for a while now, and I'm
> curious.

I'm using it for many years now. Personally, I find it convenient
and easy to use. It's a nice consensus of "novice-friendly" and
"professional". For example, it doesn't render HTML mails (which
I find very useful), it gets the reply references right, you can
save all attachments at once, and it uses the classic "three fields"
layout (tree, list, message).

Additionally, there's Sylpheed-Claws / Claws-Mail (no idea how they
call it today) with extended functionality.

Furthermore, you could try Evolution for a more bloatet... erm,
feature-rich program. ;-)

Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...

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