Fixing RSS Feed Display For Thunderbird with Enigmail/GnuPG

November 19, 2008

After a great write-up in The Register the other day, I’m sure a million and one people decided to try out the joys of email encryption themselves.  The installation of both GnuPG and Enigmail are both really very simple, and without thinking, I’m sure heaps of people click the “recommended config changes” that Enigmail suggests at the end of the installation.

And then their Blog RSS feeds die, and they see nothing but a content encoding header 😦

So, the good news is that the Enigmail forums cover this pretty well, and you don’t have to dig far to find the solution to seeing your RSS feeds again.  But just in case you can’t find it, here’s the solution in plain sight.

Enigmail turns off the HTML rendering of messages, and by implication, RSS feeds.  To see your precious blogs again (like this one 🙂 ), choose the View -> Message Body As -> Original HTML option.  And voila, your case of the blog DT’s is gone.


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