Thunderbird 102.4.1 fixes various bugs in the email client

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 27, 2022

Thunderbird 102.4.1 is the latest stable version of the open source email client. The new release fixes several bugs in Thunderbird, including issues with custom header data, the -remote command, or issues with the built-in Calendar.

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image credit: Thunderbird

Thunderbird 102.4.1 is already available. The email client is configured to download and install updates automatically by default; this happens over time and not right after updates are released. Thunderbird users may speed up the installation of the update by selecting Menu > Help > About Thunderbird.

The current version is displayed, and any new version that is detected during an online scan will be downloaded and installed at this point.

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Thunderbird version information

The official release notes are available on the Thunderbird website. The update is not security related, it addresses issue for the most part in the email client.

The release fixes the -remote parameter, which could affect the integration of Thunderbird in third-party applications, including in LibreOffice. Three fixes have been made to the application's Calendar integration. The team notes that certain recurring events did not show up on the Agenda on first load, and that Thunderbird would set the "Accept" header of remotely downloaded ICS calendars to text/xml incorrectly. The third and final fix addresses a recurring event issue in the calendar. It happened only when users set monthly events on the 31st of a month on a month with 30 or less days. Thunderbird would place the first occurrence in that case 1-2 days after the beginning of the following month.

Here is the list of the remaining fixes in Thunderbird 102.4.1:

  • The interface was not updated by the program's dynamic language switching functionality of the user switched to a right-to-left-language.
  • Thunderbird discarded custom header data when messages were saved as drafts and later reopened.
  • SMS-to-Email service messages did not display images.
  • Vcards with nickname field set could not be edited.

The only new feature adds the catching and reporting of errors when Thunderbird parses vCards that contain incorrectly formatted dates.

Now You: did you update Thunderbird to the new version already?

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  1. Julie said on November 18, 2022 at 3:50 am

    With the update to 102.4.1 my emoji add-on disappeared. It’s the standard third part app, but always worked very well, particularly since the emojis built into TBird were outdated in 2002. I need my emojis back! Anybody have any suggestions? Please email me.

  2. Anonymous said on October 30, 2022 at 4:49 pm

    No I didn’t update to 102.4.1 yet.
    I was concerned after 102.4.0 came out and the release notes said it had problems

    I’ll run 102.3.3 a few more days until I more confident in 102.4.1.

    I’ve had to periodic weirdness with TB displaying things, maybe I’ll tryout Wayne’s suggestion.

  3. anonymous said on October 28, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    My experience: e-mails were NOT being displayed in TB102.x although were on webmail portals (no it wasn’t spammed by TB either) Got the sound notification on a few e-mails in TB102.x but no e-mails??!!…enough was enough so, reverted back from TB102.x channel to the TB91.x channel and all is well, AV will take care of it until mozilla fix their dysfunctional $h!t

    1. Wayne said on October 30, 2022 at 1:40 pm

      @anonymous, there can be a display problem with version 102.

      Access profile folder – Help > Troubleshooting info > click the button next to Profile Folder
      Exit Thunderbird and rename these files:
      * folderCache.json
      * folderTree.json
      * session.json
      * xulstore.json
      * virtualFolders.dat
      * Click on ‘Mail’ folder and rename ‘smart mailboxes’ folder

      These files will all be rebuilt, except for virtualFolders.dat

  4. Nick of Time said on October 28, 2022 at 4:06 am

    > I haven;t updated TB in years

    That sounds very stupid to me. But who am I? I’m just a creature living in a bathroom sink. People wash their dirty hands on me and I like it.

    Seriously though, you should update.

  5. ironphart said on October 28, 2022 at 3:03 am

    Updated; didn’t notice the issue before or after.

    Been happy with T’bird for years.

  6. Tachy said on October 28, 2022 at 12:20 am

    No I did not. I haven;t updated TB in years, ever since they added the bug with google calenders and never even acknowledged it.

    I tried a few times in the past doing a fresh install an another system to see if the bug was ever fixed, it never was and I just gave up trying.

    The bug: Events from a Google Calender added to the built in calender would not show on program open. You had to hide and show the the calenders to get events to appear every single time you restarted the program. No I do not leaving it running, I only open it when I want to check mail, perhaps twice a day.

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