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I have a mail message that is corrupted in Thunderbird, but correct on the IMAP server (which is Gmail). Is it possible for me to tell Thunderbird to discard its copy and re-download it from the server?

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I assume that you have local copies of the email messages on the computer, is this correct? – lupincho Apr 25 '12 at 19:33

In Thunderbird, right-click on the IMAP folder in question and select "Properties". Under "General Information", click the "Repair Folder" button. This may repair the issue with the corrupted message, though I don't have corrupted messages to try it with. YMMV.

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Fixed it for me. – Umang Aug 7 '12 at 12:18
    
+1 Worked for me as well! – Jason George Aug 9 '12 at 22:54

Justin Pearce's solution did not work for me. However, I found out that moving the e-mail from one IMAP folder to another and back worked and let me download/use the corrupted attachment.

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