Logging in Thunderbird

I’ve had occasional issues with Thunderbird 3, sending out messages via smtp.gmail.com:465. I’m doubting it is my ISP at work, because I’ve been roaming around, and it seems to be the same issue. Long story short, if I click “Send Later” and batch the messages, it seems to be better than just writing a message, and sending it immediately – that seems to just bring up a message saying its connecting, and nothing happens for a long time, before I either cancel it or it times out.

Found some useful Mozilla documentation, on debugging Thunderbird using NSPR logging. Simply, you can do:

export NSPR_LOG_FILE=~/tmp/tbird.log

NSPR_LOG_MODULE also accepts POP3, and IMAP as arguments. The third line obviously only works on Mac OS X – on Linux, just replace with the path to thunderbird-bin.


  1. colincharles says:

    Found: https://wiki.mozilla.org/MailNews:Logging

    Has a lot more options as well.

    Seems that disabling a bunch of incompatible plugins might have fixed it. Which one, I'm not sure.

  2. colincharles says:

    http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=2… shows that the problem happened in the latest beta… and it doesn't seem to have any real solution.