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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2021 9:20 pm    Post subject: Thunderbird - Unable to save your message as a draft. Reply with quote

With Thunderbird-78.6.0 I'm getting an error message when composing a messages:

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Unable to save your message as a draft.
Sending of the message failed.


What is the solution? I've run onto few of them but they are mostly for Windows users not really applicable to Linux.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2021 3:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Usually means it can't find your IMAP mail server. Save your message locally before closing the compose dialog.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have exactly the same problem with the same version (78.6.0). My thunderbird connects to two different IMAP servers; previous versions of thunderbird - using the same settings - have never had a problem saving drafts to either server. Now they refuse to, popping up an error message every minute or so as I write. I often pick up on completing drafts from a different machine than the one I started the mail on, so I would prefer not to have to be forced to save locally.

There are plenty of threads on bugzilla and elsewhere about this being a problem for Windows users, mostly starting from around 2010, so it is a very old issue. But I have never had this problem on gentoo until this version, which leaves me puzzled as to whether the issue is upstream or not, and how it was resolved for previous versions.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm using Version 78.6.0 as well, but don't experience the problem you're having. Have you seen this recent mozillaZine thread?:

http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=3066843

Have you tried reft's approach of deleting the IMAP account in Thunderbird and recreating it? Might be worth a shot.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you - I found the answer following the mozallazine thread to https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1222992#c5 . It was a side effect of the migration away from enigmail, which didn't copy over my private key (which I rarely use, so hadn't noticed). Looks like some of the older drafts were encrypted with it - I re-imported the key and all is now OK. So I could probably have fixed it by deleting all the old drafts instead.

Won't close this as I have no idea if the OP's problem has the same cause.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We learn something new every day. I always thought that drafts were always saved locally. I thought that was the meaning of draft. When you save a drafty letter you (physically) put it in a folder in your desk drawer. You don't save it in a Post office Box.
I'll start saving drafts by cut and paste to Abiword.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With the right configuration, you can save locally. However, some users have use cases that work poorly with local saving, which is why they prefer to have the draft saved to the server.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tony0945 wrote:
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I always thought that drafts were always saved locally. I thought that was the meaning of draft.
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One benefits of IMAP is you can access your mail from anywhere. You start working on something, save it as a draft, then you move and you continue working on your message from this new location. Saving drafts locally kind of defeats the idea. Meaning of draft for me is it is not finished.

Dictionary definition: "A preliminary version of a piece of writing."
See? It does not say it has to be saved on a floppy disk to be a draft or anything else about storing a draft.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, I see the reasoning.
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