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Can't use prepaired mailing lists any more plus the address line is all red

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In addition all of my mailing lists which I have been using for years now show the following message :

List Men Only <"List Men Only"> is not a valid e-mail address because it is not of the form user@host. You must correct it before sending the e-mail.

Every mailing list contains 20-30 valid mail addresses ie user@host so what is wrong?

Something is really getting screwed up with T Bird!!!

The To: cc: and bcc:'s all show in red and it wont go away.

In addition all of my mailing lists which I have been using for years now show the following message : List Men Only <"List Men Only"> is not a valid e-mail address because it is not of the form user@host. You must correct it before sending the e-mail. Every mailing list contains 20-30 valid mail addresses ie user@host so what is wrong? Something is really getting screwed up with T Bird!!! The To: cc: and bcc:'s all show in red and it wont go away.

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Fabian Rodriguez' helpful explanation was a relief -- at least he understands the problem. He gives some fixes "until a proper fix is implemented." When will that be? This is a horrible situation.

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Fabián Rodríguez 67 solutions 531 réponses

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This has been reported as Bug #1060901. If you have an account on Bugzilla, please consider voting for that issue.

Several other people have sent in the same support request as you, noting this happened after they upgraded to version 31.1.

The exact error message is: XXXX is not a valid e-mail address because it is not of the form user@host. You must correct it before sending the e-mail.

This happens in Thunderbird 31.1.0 when your mailing list description includes several words separated by spaces.

Although not ideal, these workarounds should let you use your mailing lists until a proper fix is implemented:

  • While composing an email open the address book and select the list you are trying to send to, highlight all the names in the list and drag them to the To: box. This uses your existing data without modifying it.
  • Replacing the blanks " " between the words in such lists' descriptions with an underscore "_". This requires modifying your mailing list(s) description(s).
  • Downgrade to a previous version and disable automatic updates (Windows)

In Windows Thunderbird updates are automatic by default. To avoid similar situations in the future, you could change that and decide to have a more conservative approach to upgrades.

Before trying anything, make a backup of your current Thunderbird profile.

You can uninstall the current Thunderbird version via Control Panel > Programs and Features and reinstall a previous version, download it from here:

Click on the type for your OS. eg: If using Windows select 'win32' then select the language eg: en-GB = English british then download the .exe file

You can customize automatic updates behavior, however, it's under Tools > Options > Advanced > Update.

My suggestion would be to set it to Check for updates, but let me choose whether to install them., specially if you depend on email for critical / important business or personal matters.

This has been reported as [https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1060901 Bug #1060901]. If you have an account on Bugzilla, please consider voting for that issue. Several other people have sent in the same support request as you, noting this happened after they upgraded to version 31.1. The exact error message is: XXXX is not a valid e-mail address because it is not of the form user@host. You must correct it before sending the e-mail. '''This happens in Thunderbird 31.1.0 when your mailing list description includes several words separated by spaces.''' Although not ideal, these workarounds should let you use your mailing lists until a proper fix is implemented: * While composing an email open the address book and select the list you are trying to send to, highlight all the names in the list and drag them to the To: box. This uses your existing data without modifying it. * Replacing the blanks " " between the words in such lists' descriptions with an underscore "_". This requires modifying your mailing list(s) description(s). * Downgrade to a previous version and disable automatic updates (Windows) In Windows Thunderbird updates are automatic by default. To avoid similar situations in the future, you could change that and decide to have a more conservative approach to upgrades. Before trying anything, [https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/profiles-tb#w_backing-up-a-profile make a backup of your current Thunderbird profile]. You can uninstall the current Thunderbird version via '''Control Panel > Programs and Features''' and reinstall a previous version, download it from here: * [http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/thunderbird/releases/31.0/ Version 31.0] * [http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/thunderbird/releases/24.8.0/ Version 24.8] Click on the type for your OS. eg: If using Windows select 'win32' then select the language eg: en-GB = English british then download the .exe file You can [https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/configuration-options-updates?esab=a&s=automatic+updates&r=1&as=s customize automatic updates behavior], however, it's under '''Tools > Options > Advanced > Update'''. My suggestion would be to set it to '''Check for updates, but let me choose whether to install them.''', specially if you depend on email for critical / important business or personal matters.
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Fabian Rodriguez' helpful explanation was a relief -- at least he understands the problem. He gives some fixes "until a proper fix is implemented." When will that be? This is a horrible situation.

Fabian Rodriguez' helpful explanation was a relief -- at least he understands the problem. He gives some fixes "until a proper fix is implemented." When will that be? This is a horrible situation.