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I am newbie running Slackware10.2 with KDE desktop. I have long since
upgraded to "mozilla-thunderbird-1.5-i686-1jim" which I downloaded from
I want to change the date format of thunderbird to the default format
that I have configured for KDE (SHORTWEEKDAY-DD-SHORTMONTH-YY). My dates
show up as Tue-07-Jun-06. Basically I get confused between date & month
so I at lest like to keep one of them in words.
I did a bit of searching & found this site
My first question is why did all the pages that I came across, referred
to this (user.js) file? I did not find any such file, but I did find
something called "prefs.js" /in/my/home/.thunderbird which seems to have
the same function.
So I added a line to the file (prefs.js) as per the instruction on
but unfortunately it had no effect!! the date format remained as it was
before (06/07/2006 12:30 PM).
Then I installed this (configdate-0.3.6-tb.xpi) extension, which (as I
realized later) just automates the above mentioned process; and it also
had no effect (no surprise there I guess).
My dates (in thunderbird) keep showing as 06/07/2006 12:30 PM
I did check the /patch section for Slackware10.2 at <slackware.com> & it
Could it be possible that thunderbird-1.5 is not compatible with
Slackware10.2 ?? or am I doing something wrong??
Oh! I am also using a custom compiled 2.6.13 kernel & my Location is KDE
is Bangladesh... could that have anything to with this all??
After hours of search, I succeed to have the date format YYYY-MM-DD (also called ISO format) correctly displayed in Mozilla Thunderbird (version 1.0.2 (20060830)) with KDE (release 3.3.2) on a Debian distribution (3.1r3) on an Intel PC.
I ran into the same thing, but LC_ALL was set correctly when I checked in a console (do echo $LC_ALL in a console to see whether that's the case for you, too). So I ended up with two possible solutions:
- check [x] run in terminal in the K-Menu (nothing I liked to anticipate)
- LC_ALL=<your preffered locale> &&
infront of the executable path, so for me it looked like this in the end:
LC_ALL=de_DE@euro && /usr/bin/thunderbird
Somewhat dirty, I presume, but that's the best way I could think of.
Colin (LQ.org won't let me post the URL as a link,* so google for "HOWTO: Customise Thunderbird Date Format" - first hit is our guy) has written a nice expression to see what values are possible for LC_ALL and what the date format would be on your machine.
* the mechanism regards smiles from their very own menu as links - how crappy is that? -___-