Fixing the Date Format in Thunderbird

For months, years, … Thunderbirds date format buggered me. Whatever I set in this lame excuse for a „Unified Locale Setting”, I was never able to get proper ISO 8601 format to show:

Datumsanzeige mit falschem Datums-Format

The locale „en_IE.UTF-8” is almost there for us Europeans, unfortunately, the date format is still „dd/mm/yy”. Fortunately, I found the wonderful funky en_DK.UTF-8 locale hack.

But how to set this just for Thunderbird without always starting it through a batch file? Simple (for the Debian/Ubuntu based Linux Mint I am using atm), by modifiying the corresponding .desktop file. Open /usr/share/applications/thunderbird.desktop with your favourite editor and enhance the „Exec” line with a little magic:

Exec=env LC_TIME=en_DK.UTF-8 thunderbird %u

And „suddenly”, Thunderbird uses the proper date format:

Datumsanzeige mit korrektem Datums-Format

Caveat: This is of course a poettering – works on my machine for me. YMMV.

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