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#1 2020-05-02 12:26:56

Arion58
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tabs not showing in thunderbird address book

Hello, I have installed Bunsenlabs Helium recently on my laptop, and it works great, thank you!
I only have one little problem: When I open the address book of Thunderbird (68.6.0 (64-bits)), and there I open a contact, I don't see tabs on the top, only texts. I can click on them, all works, but it looks strange. I couldn't find any report of this problem, but I can't imagine that I am the only one to have it.
I suppose it has something to do with the theme, but so far I didn't see this problem with an other application. The theme I use is Bunsen-He, but I have tried others, with no luck

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#2 2020-05-02 23:40:05

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Re: tabs not showing in thunderbird address book

^I'm getting the same, but never got round to pinning it down. As you say, it still works, and I also put it down to the theme, but you say it's the same with other themes?


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#3 2020-05-03 08:48:11

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Re: tabs not showing in thunderbird address book

I'm on Arch Linux, but I've got Thunderbird 68.7.0 installed. I see proper, if improperly spaced, tabs.

https://0x0.st/i2uO.png

The GTK3 theme in use here is Adwaita Dark; the desktop environment is KDE. I would try if the issue persists when using Adwaita; if yes, I'd try downloading the latest offifical Thunderbird build and see if the issue is fixed there. If yes, it's a Debian bug probably with compilation settings or somewhere in the dependencies' versions/patches/whatever.


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#4 2020-05-03 10:10:48

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Re: tabs not showing in thunderbird address book

I think it may be a Thunderbird style change possibly since a year or more. I have looked in the ver. 68 release notes but couldn't see anything.

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#5 2020-05-04 08:29:35

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Re: tabs not showing in thunderbird address book

Thank you for all the answers. Normally, I am not busy with themes, and I wouldn't know how to install Adwaita.
Actually, I have found a work around, by tweaking tabmail.css and tabmail.xml and using them for the tab's in addressbook. It is not very neat, just for my own purpose, but the fact that this is possible may give a clue to track the problem down. I actually was surprised that there is no class specified for the tab's in addressbook (in abEditCardDialog.xul and abNewCardDialog.xul).

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#6 2020-05-04 18:05:20

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Re: tabs not showing in thunderbird address book

Arion58 wrote:

Thank you for all the answers. Normally, I am not busy with themes, and I wouldn't know how to install Adwaita...

You can install from the Debian repos. Choose from:

apt-cache search adwaita

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#7 2020-05-05 10:08:43

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Re: tabs not showing in thunderbird address book

The output is:

~$ apt-cache search adwaita
adwaita-icon-theme - default icon theme of GNOME
adwaita-qt - Qt 5 port of GNOME’s Adwaita theme
adwaita-qt-data - Qt 5 port of GNOME’s Adwaita theme — data files
adwaita-qt4 - Qt 4 port of GNOME’s Adwaita theme
gnome-themes-standard - Adwaita GTK+ 2 theme — engine
gnome-themes-standard-data - Adwaita GTK+ 2 theme — common files

adwaita-icon-theme is installed. What more should I install?

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#8 2020-05-05 10:27:15

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Re: tabs not showing in thunderbird address book

Arion58 wrote:

The output is:

~$ apt-cache search adwaita
adwaita-icon-theme - default icon theme of GNOME
adwaita-qt - Qt 5 port of GNOME’s Adwaita theme
adwaita-qt-data - Qt 5 port of GNOME’s Adwaita theme — data files
adwaita-qt4 - Qt 4 port of GNOME’s Adwaita theme
gnome-themes-standard - Adwaita GTK+ 2 theme — engine
gnome-themes-standard-data - Adwaita GTK+ 2 theme — common files

adwaita-icon-theme is installed. What more should I install?

It is up to you - do you want qt themes, or the gnome standard theme?


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#9 2020-05-05 10:51:49

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Re: tabs not showing in thunderbird address book

I don't know what they are. What is qt? Is it just a matter of what I like, ore has it some thing to do with certain applications?

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#10 2020-05-05 11:37:17

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Re: tabs not showing in thunderbird address book

Arion58 wrote:

I don't know what they are. What is qt? Is it just a matter of what I like, ore has it some thing to do with certain applications?

Some applications use qt themes, most of the ones in BL use gtk. If you want all your apps to match then you need both. For example, you can install the Adwaita gtk theme with

sudo apt-get install gnome-themes-standard
apt-cache show gnome-themes-standard
Package: gnome-themes-standard
Version: 3.22.2-2
Installed-Size: 525
...
Description-en: Adwaita GTK+ 2 theme — engine
 This is the version of Adwaita, the standard GNOME theme, for the
 GTK+ 2.x toolkit.
 .
 This package contains the Adwaita theme engine.
...

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#11 2020-05-05 12:18:38

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Re: tabs not showing in thunderbird address book

Thank you. I have installed gnome-themes-standard, but it seems that is doesn't work correctly. When I change the theme (Precerences > Appearance) to Adwaita Dark and click on "Apply", I see thunar change to black, but not thunderbird. Does thunderbird need qt-theme?

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#12 2020-05-06 07:01:59

Arion58
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Re: tabs not showing in thunderbird address book

This morning I remembered something else I have tried in order to understand the problem, sorry that I didn't think to mention it earlier.
Before I installed Helium, I used Bunsenlabs Hydrogen, which I still have on my laptop. The version of thunderbird there is 68.5.0, and it worked well. I copied it to Helium and run it, I had the same problem as with 68.6.0.
BTW, I just updated to thunderbird 68.7.0, the problem remains.

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