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Bug #17328

Thunderbird's Find in Page is not working anymore

Added by goupille 4 months ago. Updated about 2 months ago.

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Affected tool:
Email Client

Description

Since Tails 4.1, searching for a specific term in a message in thunderbird doesn't work anymore for me. when I open the 'Find' tool (Ctrl+F or Edit>FInd>Find in This Message) and search for any word or sentence, nothing happens, wether I'm reading an encrypted email or not. I only see this problem in reading mode, searching in an email in edition mode works correctly.

I'm assigning this to segfault since it may have been introduced by #17222.

History

#1 Updated by intrigeri 4 months ago

#2 Updated by segfault 4 months ago

  • Target version set to Tails_4.2

#3 Updated by segfault 4 months ago

  • Assignee deleted (segfault)

I didn't take a look yet, but the issue does not sound like it's related to anything I did for #17222, so I'm unassigning myself for now, to allow other FT members to take it if they want to.

#4 Updated by intrigeri 4 months ago

  • Affected tool set to Email Client

#5 Updated by goupille 4 months ago

note that I didn't found anyone else affected for now and that my thunderbird is doing other weird things (crashes, takes ages to open a message) so I'll try to backup my data on a freshly installed Tails and a new stick anyway...

#6 Updated by intrigeri 4 months ago

  • Target version deleted (Tails_4.2)

Thank you for the clarification! Let's not commit to a target version at the moment then.

#7 Updated by segfault 4 months ago

I can't reproduce this.

#8 Updated by intrigeri 2 months ago

  • Assignee set to goupille

goupille, any news on this front? Are you still affected? Is anyone else?

#9 Updated by goupille about 2 months ago

afaik, I'm the only one affected.

I installed a fresh Tails 4.2.2 on a brand new USB stick, then backed up my data on that new stick following our documentation and I'm still affected by this issue (alongside other weird behavior of thunderbird, for example it doesn't seem to allow me to open my sent email with my own key if I happen to have the private key of the recipient).

I wanted to do it again, but with manually copy only my emails in a newly configured thunderbird (i'm using a POP account), not all my profile, but I didn't find how to do so and I don't have the time and ressources to research more for now.

#10 Updated by intrigeri about 2 months ago

#11 Updated by intrigeri about 2 months ago

Hi goupille,

afaik, I'm the only one affected.

Thanks for the update. Given this + the fact we can't reproduce, I've removed this (for now) from the FT's view.

I installed a fresh Tails 4.2.2 on a brand new USB stick, then backed up my data on that new stick following our documentation and I'm still affected by this issue

I'm not surprised; this suggests there's something wrong within your persistent profile :/

I wanted to do it again, but with manually copy only my emails in a newly configured thunderbird (i'm using a POP account), not all my profile, but I didn't find how to do so and I don't have the time and ressources to research more for now.

In the settings for your email account → "Server Settings", there should be a "Local directory" thing that tells you where the messages are stored.
You could try to:

  1. copy that directory somewhere
  2. install a new Tails and create a brand new Persistent volume there
  3. set up your email account on that new Tails (maybe configure it to leave messages on the server, though)
  4. close Thunderbird
  5. replace the contents of the "local directory" with the one you had saved earlier
  6. start Thunderbird
  7. see what happens

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