Thunderbird keeps freezing since 5 September 2018

I try to stay up to date (especially because I'm running Manjaro on a Raven Ridge laptop, which means that rather periodic freezes and other power management issues are not unexpected in the least) so I perform updates as soon as I see the notification.

I don't know exactly what happened yesterday but after that batch of updates my Thunderbird started to freeze for no apparent reason. I didn't do any modification to my Thunderbird setup since I installed and set it up, almost a month ago and, out of the blue, yesterday it started to freeze.

Does anybody know what could be the problem? What changed in the updated pushed on 5 September 2018 that could negatively impact the well functioning of Thunderbird?

As I understand there are new developers handling Thunderbird these days and they are making things work "better...." They made things work so well for me that I had to convert my 7GB of email to gnome-evolution....
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I too had to install something else in order to access email. Mailspring is all nice and slick but the non-free parts make me rather uneasy so I would have preferred not to have to use it.

Thunderbird troubleshooting is almost exactly the same as troubleshooting Firefox:

As a first step, check your extensions, particularly Lightning and any calendar providers you have.

I do remember the last Thunderbird update proudly stating that now Lightning is part of the whole package but I didn't pay any attention to that. Apart from that, I don't have any other TB extensions and I haven't done any other changes.

I'll have to find some time to do that troubleshooting procedure, but I can say for sure that the changes that messed it all up were on TB's end not on mine, because I didn't change anything apart from doing regular updates.

I finally gotten around to nuking my Thunderbird profile and starting from scratch:

I created a new profile, I removed the Lightning extensions that comes with Thunderbird nowadays, so there was no extension installed whatsoever, and then I started to add email accounts.

I configured my Gmail account and let it retrieve all it needed. Then I moved to my Yahoo account. Granted, that Yahoo account is really old and with a lot of emails in it, but Thunderbird didn't make it to fetching all the headers for all the email ( because I wouldn't even think of downloading the actual email bodies ).

So, whatever the issue is, it's a problem even for fresh profiles.

Start Thunderbird from a terminal

thunderbird

When it errors it will give you the output in the terminal :wink:

Post the output here or report the bug to mozilla

It seemed to work at first (you know when everything seems to work when you want to prove to something it doesn't work;)...) but that came to a halt after a while and I started to get the following message in the console:

(thunderbird:23346): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: 16:32:50.532: ../glib/gobject/gsignal.c:3492: signal name 'selection_changed' is invalid for instance '0x7fcb42aff8d0' of type 'MaiAtkType3'

(thunderbird:23346): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: 16:33:02.475: ../glib/gobject/gsignal.c:3492: signal name 'selection_changed' is invalid for instance '0x7fcb4299f970' of type 'MaiAtkType3'

(thunderbird:23346): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: 16:33:07.006: ../glib/gobject/gsignal.c:3492: signal name 'selection_changed' is invalid for instance '0x7fcb42528510' of type 'MaiAtkType3'

(thunderbird:23346): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: 16:33:16.795: ../glib/gobject/gsignal.c:3492: signal name 'selection_changed' is invalid for instance '0x7fcb6bf598d0' of type 'MaiAtkType3'

(thunderbird:23346): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: 16:33:36.804: ../glib/gobject/gsignal.c:3492: signal name 'selection_changed' is invalid for instance '0x7fcb629a1420' of type 'MaiAtkType3'

(thunderbird:23346): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: 16:34:04.628: ../glib/gobject/gsignal.c:3492: signal name 'selection_changed' is invalid for instance '0x7fcb72c8c060' of type 'MaiAtkType3'

(thunderbird:23346): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: 16:34:06.316: ../glib/gobject/gsignal.c:3492: signal name 'selection_changed' is invalid for instance '0x7fcb42efe1a0' of type 'MaiAtkType3'

(thunderbird:23346): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: 16:34:07.659: ../glib/gobject/gsignal.c:3492: signal name 'selection_changed' is invalid for instance '0x7fcb72c8c060' of type 'MaiAtkType3'

(thunderbird:23346): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: 16:34:33.528: ../glib/gobject/gsignal.c:3492: signal name 'selection_changed' is invalid for instance '0x7fcb6d864970' of type 'MaiAtkType3'

(thunderbird:23346): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: 16:34:41.159: ../glib/gobject/gsignal.c:3492: signal name 'selection_changed' is invalid for instance '0x7fcb42c8d1f0' of type 'MaiAtkType3'

(thunderbird:23346): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: 16:34:48.601: ../glib/gobject/gsignal.c:3492: signal name 'selection_changed' is invalid for instance '0x7fcb4d208150' of type 'MaiAtkType3'

(thunderbird:23346): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: 16:34:54.042: ../glib/gobject/gsignal.c:3492: signal name 'selection_changed' is invalid for instance '0x7fcb72b95ce0' of type 'MaiAtkType3'

(thunderbird:23346): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: 16:34:59.824: ../glib/gobject/gsignal.c:3492: signal name 'selection_changed' is invalid for instance '0x7fcb6ef66ab0' of type 'MaiAtkType3'

(thunderbird:23346): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: 16:35:06.092: ../glib/gobject/gsignal.c:3492: signal name 'selection_changed' is invalid for instance '0x7fcb6bf31d80' of type 'MaiAtkType3'

(thunderbird:23346): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: 16:35:13.169: ../glib/gobject/gsignal.c:3492: signal name 'selection_changed' is invalid for instance '0x7fcb4299f5b0' of type 'MaiAtkType3'

(thunderbird:23346): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: 16:35:25.908: ../glib/gobject/gsignal.c:3492: signal name 'selection_changed' is invalid for instance '0x7fcb42af8ec0' of type 'MaiAtkType3'

(thunderbird:23346): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: 16:35:34.311: ../glib/gobject/gsignal.c:3492: signal name 'selection_changed' is invalid for instance '0x7fcb6cffe470' of type 'MaiAtkType3'

(thunderbird:23346): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: 16:35:50.026: ../glib/gobject/gsignal.c:3492: signal name 'selection_changed' is invalid for instance '0x7fcb42af8560' of type 'MaiAtkType3'

(thunderbird:23346): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: 16:36:04.337: ../glib/gobject/gsignal.c:3492: signal name 'selection_changed' is invalid for instance '0x7fcb6cc54d30' of type 'MaiAtkType3'

(thunderbird:23346): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: 16:36:14.449: ../glib/gobject/gsignal.c:3492: signal name 'selection_changed' is invalid for instance '0x7fcb6e2844c0' of type 'MaiAtkType3'

(thunderbird:23346): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: 16:36:16.572: ../glib/gobject/gsignal.c:3492: signal name 'selection_changed' is invalid for instance '0x7fcb4d208380' of type 'MaiAtkType3'

(thunderbird:23346): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: 16:36:25.634: ../glib/gobject/gsignal.c:3492: signal name 'selection_changed' is invalid for instance '0x7fcb3f42a2e0' of type 'MaiAtkType3'

(thunderbird:23346): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: 16:36:38.797: ../glib/gobject/gsignal.c:3492: signal name 'selection_changed' is invalid for instance '0x7fcb5dee22e0' of type 'MaiAtkType3'

(thunderbird:23346): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: 16:36:39.626: ../glib/gobject/gsignal.c:3492: signal name 'selection_changed' is invalid for instance '0x7fcb43f12470' of type 'MaiAtkType3'

(thunderbird:23346): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: 16:37:19.338: ../glib/gobject/gsignal.c:3492: signal name 'selection_changed' is invalid for instance '0x7fcb6cff1240' of type 'MaiAtkType3'

(thunderbird:23346): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: 16:38:03.865: ../glib/gobject/gsignal.c:3492: signal name 'selection_changed' is invalid for instance '0x7fcb67402d30' of type 'MaiAtkType3'

(thunderbird:23346): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: 16:38:21.165: ../glib/gobject/gsignal.c:3492: signal name 'selection_changed' is invalid for instance '0x7fcb6bc943d0' of type 'MaiAtkType3'

(thunderbird:23346): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: 16:38:23.008: ../glib/gobject/gsignal.c:3492: signal name 'selection_changed' is invalid for instance '0x7fcb6bc8bba0' of type 'MaiAtkType3'

... and after that, when I try to start Thunderbird again (from the console or from anywhere else), it's frozen from the start, saying "Loading Message..." in the status bar.

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