'claws-mail' re-installed, now runs

dushanm at spinn.net dushanm at spinn.net
Mon Aug 30 15:53:20 PDT 2010

> Dushan Mitrovich wrote:
>> Claws-mail looks very promising, especially after experiencing some
>> of the idiocies of Thunderbird and Seamonkey.  But there is one thing
>> in claws-mail I would very much like to modify but didn't see how to:
>> Changing the background color of received email messages.  I did see
>> how to specify the background color of quoted text in a reply, but no-
>> thing else.  The default stark white background of the message window
>> is hard on my eyes (exacerbated by a cataract in one eye from an old
>> injury). 
>> Nothing I found on the Internet has given me a clue about how to ad-
>> just main-window colors, and so far nobody on the claws-mail forum has
>> offered an answer to my query.  Are you aware of any way to do this? 
>> If the color scheme isn't hard-wired, I'd be happy to use modify some
>> config file from the command line, if I knew which file and what to
>> modify.

Bradley Giesbrecht <brad at pixilla.com> wrote:
> I don't use claws-mail.
> Make backups first!!!
> grep -R color ~/.claws-mail 
> Experiment.

... and 

> Maybe this plugin will help.
> http://www.claws-mail.org/clawsker

Brad, thanks for these suggestions.  'clawsker' sounded very promising,
but I found that there's no MacPorts version of it, and that it depends
on some things also not available (AFAICT) on MacPorts.  Dependencies  
    make, sed, install, gettext and pod2man
I can do very rudimentary things on a Mac, but unfortunately building
a Linux program on a Mac isn't one of these.  If you or someone could
point me to relevant instructions I might be able to carry them out. 

The instruction 'grep -R color ~/.claws-mail' showed the file 'clawsrc'
had many entries for "color", and I'll play around with it for a bit to
see what I can modify. 

At the moment, tho, I'm stuck because when I try to start 'claws-mail',
instead of it starting I get the Terminal message 

  Xlib: connection to ":0.0" refused by server
  Xlib: No protocol specified 

  (claws-mail:72561): Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display: :0.0 

My '~/.profile' already has 

  # To run X11 apps, we need:
  export DISPLAY=:0.0
  # ...and to use X11 as the graphics window server with 'gnuplot',
  export GNUTERM='x11' 

and I was able to start 'claws-mail' previously, so I'm not sure what
happened.  I'll re-start and try again. 

 - Dushan

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