Thunderbird

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Thunderbird is Mozilla's solution to the e-mail client.

Earlybird is the "unbranded" version of Thunderbird. It can be enabled when the bindist is set.

Installation

USE flags

USE flags for mail-client/thunderbird Thunderbird Mail Client

bindist Disable official Thunderbird branding (icons, name) which are not binary-redistributable according to upstream.
clang Use Clang compiler instead of GCC
custom-optimization Build with user-specified compiler optimizations (-Os, -O0, -O1, -O2, -O3) from CFLAGS (unsupported)
dbus Enable dbus support for anything that needs it (gpsd, gnomemeeting, etc)
lightning Enable app-global calendar support (note 38.0 and above bundles calendar support when this flag is off)
neon Enable optimization support for ARM NEON processors
startup-notification Enable application startup event feedback mechanism
system-harfbuzz Use the system-wide media-libs/harfbuzz and media-gfx/graphite2 instead of bundled.
system-icu Use the system-wide dev-libs/icu instead of bundled.
system-jpeg Use the system-wide media-libs/libjpeg-turbo instead of bundled.
system-libevent Use the system-wide dev-libs/libevent instead of bundled.
system-libvpx Use the system-wide media-libs/libvpx instead of bundled.
system-sqlite Use the system-wide dev-db/sqlite installation with secure-delete enabled
wifi Enable wireless network functions

Emerge

root #emerge --ask mail-client/thunderbird

Emerging Thunderbird is a long process, a pre-compiled (binary) version exists for users who want a shorter install time:

root #emerge --ask mail-client/thunderbird-bin

Note that behavior of the pre-compiled version may be different in many ways including the choice of default applications for URLs.

Configuration

XDG integration

To ensure Thunderbird is being used by other applications as the default application for handling mailto: links, run:

user $xdg-mime default thunderbird.desktop x-scheme-handler/mailto

Global search

See forum post: thunderbird not indexation for global search

Usage

Keyboard shortcuts

Thunderbird has a variety of keyboard shortcuts built-in. A full listing can be viewed on the Mozilla support page.

Mail notification sound

Mail notification sound needs a sound theme to work, see bug #617566.

See also

  • Firefox - Mozilla's solution to the web browser.

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