thunderbird crashes on startup on default Debian Mate platform
Regardless of whether I run thunderbird from the launchers or from the command line on my PBP it crashes every time with the following output:

thunderbird %u
ExceptionHandler::GenerateDump cloned child 3439
ExceptionHandler::WaitForContinueSignal waiting for continue signal...
ExceptionHandler::SendContinueSignalToChild sent continue signal to child
npallett@Debian-Desktop:~$ Exception ignored in: <_io.TextIOWrapper name='<stdout>' mode='w' encoding='ISO-8859-1'>
BrokenPipeError: [Errno 32] Broken pipe

I've checked dependencies and even re-installed thunderbird but the error persists

The thunderbird version is 60.9.0
Yes, I face the very same issue.

Not even able to see the window after opening.
Yup... same problem. Tried launching it from the terminal and get the following output:

ExceptionHandler::GenerateDump cloned child 5412
ExceptionHandler::SendContinueSignalToChild sent continue signal to child
ExceptionHandler::WaitForContinueSignal waiting for continue signal...
benjamin@Scatha:~/Git/NDPCHS Manuals$ Exception ignored in: <_io.TextIOWrapper name='<stdout>' mode='w' encoding='ANSI_X3.4-1968'>
BrokenPipeError: [Errno 32] Broken pipe

Does anyone have any insights on this.

Yes, happens every time. 

The errors are also recorded in $HOME/.xsession-errors

So far my research has turned up nothing of substance.

I'm going to install same version of thunderbird on another arm system and see what happens.
I just installed the same version of thunderbird in a debian stretch crostini linux container  on my ASUS Chromebook C101PA which also has an RK3399 processor and it ran perfectly without error so there does not appear to be a problem with the thunderbird package itself

To be continued.........
I have filed a bug report with Debian for this problem.

You can follow progress on this Bug here: 944318:
I've have received a response from the lead thunderbird on Debian armhf developer:

Hello Nigel,

Am 07.11.19 um 18:49 schrieb Nigel Pallett:

Quote:thunderbird crashes every time on start-up regardless of whether started
from a launcher or from the command line.

This happens on a laptop with a Rockchip RK3399 hexacore ARM cpu with
4GB of RAM

Several other people have confirmed the same issue.
unfortunately there isn't much I can do here.
Within recent versions of Thunderbird the armhf buildd's are not able to
build thunderbird packages any more on armhf because of an linking issue
due out of memory.

I don't have the time and knowledge how this can be fixed. I decided to
remove armhf for now from the supported list of build platforms to not
stuck on package migrations to testing as armhf is still a RC platform.

I'm open for patches that fix the linking issue on armhf. If TB 68 can
be build successful on armhf again I'll re-enable this platform happily.

Carsten Schoenert
I also had this issue with the stock Debian/Mate. I installed the Ubuntu/Mate image and now Thunderbird works.
thunderbird from Debian 8 works (at least is starts - I have not actually used it).

If you want to install it manually:

$ wget
# dpkg -i thunderbird_60.9.0-1~deb8u1_armhf.deb

Debian 8 is supported till June 30 2020. If you want to track security updates for thunderbird, you have to figure out how to add exactly this deb package to your /etc/apt/sources.list file.
Perhaps try Evolution (?) that also ships in the original Debian....
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