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I have been using Claws Mail as my email client for almost a decade. It's fast, configurable and friendly.

However, it does not natively display HTML mail. For that you need a plugin, and three were earlier available - the Gtkhtml2 plugin, the Fancy plugin and the Dillo plugin.

I use Claws on Debian, and recently the Fancy plugin stopped working because of what looked like a filesystem issue. I uninstalled it and tried to reinstall it, only to discover that the Debian repositories no longer contain any installable candidate for 32-bit x86 systems. I gather there have been security concerns with this plugin.

But the Debian repositories do not contain either the Dillo plugin or the Gtkhtml2 plugin. The stable code tarball for version 3.15.1 does not contain them either, so I can't compile them. The git tree includes the dillo plugin, but I'm reluctant to use that as I'll have to compile the entire client from what appears to be a development snapshot.

Is there now no stable HTML viewer for Claws Mail? I am really hoping that this isn't true, because then I'll have to switch clients (the non-HTML display method just doesn't cut it when most emails are now in HTML), and I don't want to do that.

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$ apt-cache policy claws-mail-fancy-plugin
claws-mail-fancy-plugin:
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 3.14.1-3+b1
  Version table:
     3.14.1-3+b1 500
        500 http://httpredir.debian.org/debian stretch/main amd64 Packages

And it's also available in Sid, so it looks like you might have some APT misconfiguration problem or the package for that plugin Fancy was renamed etc.

Let's work from there.

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  • The sid package is available only for amd64 (and that's an out of date port) and hurd-i386. But you're right about stretch. Will try again – ShankarG Oct 20 '17 at 12:13
  • @ShankarG I'd mail the package's maintainers then. Another possibility is to mail debian-devel at lists.debian.org SO is really not fit for such questions: to my knowledge, Debian developers do not frequent it. – kostix Oct 20 '17 at 13:26
  • You were correct, my apt was tracking testing and I hadn't included stretch / jessie in my sources.list. I downgraded claws and it now seems to be installing properly. I'll write to the list later to ask why these plugins have been removed from testing / sid (for i386 at least) – ShankarG Oct 21 '17 at 10:36
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The fancy plugin has been removed because it depends on libwebkitgtk-1.0-0, which has been removed from Debian 9: https://bugs.debian.org/790199

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