Way to revert back to Thunderbird's previous version?

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Way to revert back to Thunderbird's previous version?

Postby kcbagr » 2018-09-20 12:32

Debian Stretch updated and in the process updated Thunderbird to v60. Thunderbird's update disabled two essential add-ons I was using: GNotifier and HTitle. GNotifier gives me native linux desktop notifications. And HTitle hides the completely useless Titlebar. I can't live without GNotifier.

Is there a way to uninstall Thunderbird 60 and revert back to whatever version was before that?
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Re: Way to revert back to Thunderbird's previous version?

Postby bw123 » 2018-09-20 15:14

I still show 52.8.0-1~deb9u1available in the repo.

Code: Select all
$ apt policy thunderbird
thunderbird:
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 1:60.0-3~deb9u1
  Version table:
     1:60.0-3~deb9u1 500
        500 http://security.debian.org/debian-security stretch/updates/main amd64 Packages
     1:52.8.0-1~deb9u1 500
        500 http://http.us.debian.org/debian stretch/main amd64 Packages


https://duckduckgo.com/html/?q=apt+inst ... ic+version

I don't know about downgrading and keeping the current config, if you try it let people know how it goes? Thanks.
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Re: Way to revert back to Thunderbird's previous version?

Postby kcbagr » 2018-09-20 16:36

It's working so far. I guess the hard part will be lasting until the next ESR. Hopefully by then I'll find a better mail client cause Thunderbird is continuing to go down hill fast.

Linux really, really needs a new go-to Mail Client. None of the available options do the core essential things and Mozilla is continuing to deteriorate in quality, not fixing critical bugs like unnecessary titlebars etc. Evolution is the closest but it fails to display HTML emails as plain text like Thunderbird does. Geary is a joke as it is missing critical features.

Essential Mail Client features:
1) ability to configure SMTP aliases
2) ability to set all incoming and outgoing mail to Plain Text only
3) ability to store mail in a local folder "within" the mail client
4) integrates with Native Desktop Notifications
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Re: Way to revert back to Thunderbird's previous version?

Postby jibberjabber » 2018-09-20 17:35

Linux really, really needs a new go-to Mail Client.

Why ? I have all ways used mutt and it can be configured to meet any ones needs.
That is what I use on Unix, Minix3, OpenBsd and also the Linux's, Why bother with all the others, ? You are right most of them really don't work that well.
Of course if you really think there is a need for a "new wheel", you could try to develop a better one, or hire a team of programmers /developers, and pay them to develop something special that suits your needs.
Ahh, maybe you just expect someone else to do it all for you, and for free,...
In that case the best "free lunch" I know of is mutt.
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Mutt is often used by security professionals or security-conscious users because of its smaller attack surface compared with other clients that ship with a web browser rendering engine or a JavaScript interpreter.[9] In relation to Transport Layer Security, Mutt can be configured to trust certificates on first use, and not to use older, less secure versions of the Transport Layer Security protocol.[10]

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Re: Way to revert back to Thunderbird's previous version?

Postby debiman » 2018-09-20 17:44

it's possible that native notifications can be enabled through some about:config setting.
try Flipping mail.biff.use_system_alert.

or try seamonkey. it definitely works on that.
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Re: Way to revert back to Thunderbird's previous version?

Postby kedaha » 2018-09-21 07:15

On principle it's not advisable to revert to a previous version; however, you'll find it in /var/cache/apt/archives
In the terminal just remove the current version, change directory to the archives directory and install it with dpkg -i
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Re: Way to revert back to Thunderbird's previous version?

Postby rivenathos » 2018-09-25 05:26

Slightly confused here... I have the newest version of Thunderbird installed, and when the client is open on another desktop, I not only get a notification sound, but also get a visual notification on my screen just underneath my date/time in the upper panel. I am using GNOME shell fully updated on stable.
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Re: Way to revert back to Thunderbird's previous version?

Postby stevepusser » 2018-09-25 18:08

52.8 has security issues fixed in the 52.9 stretch version, which is no longer in the repo for some version. But you can still get the packages from snapshot.debian.org:

http://snapshot.debian.org/package/thun ... %7Edeb9u1/

I think that the Pale Moon developers were talking about a fork of TB 52, too...

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Re: Way to revert back to Thunderbird's previous version?

Postby debiman » 2018-09-28 05:02

rivenathos wrote:Slightly confused here... I have the newest version of Thunderbird installed, and when the client is open on another desktop, I not only get a notification sound, but also get a visual notification on my screen just underneath my date/time in the upper panel. I am using GNOME shell fully updated on stable.

i don't know how this works under gnome, but i have seen thunderbird providing their own notifications, instead of using the system notification daemon.
if that doesn't work as desired on newer versions, there is a config key that one can try to flip from false to true.
might need to create it first.
btw, on TB the "about:config" equivalent is accessible through preferences => config editor, iirc.
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