Future of Log View add-on

Jim Chen nchen at mozilla.com
Fri Mar 10 02:30:10 UTC 2017


Yeah we can put a basic logcat dump tool in about:support (for 
Release/Beta), which would be a good intern/SoC project. Optionally, we 
can bundle the add-on, which has slightly more functionality, with 
Nightly/Aurora, and that'll let it continue to work the same way after 
AMO change.

Jim


On 3/9/17 3:09 PM, James Willcox wrote:
> https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/android/addon/logview/
> 
> It allows you to view the logcat for Firefox without connecting to a PC. 
> This is useful for us to figure out why things go wrong.
> 
> We could probably just put this into Fennec itself, as part of an 
> about:support type of thing.
> 
> James
> 
> On Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 1:58 PM, Andrew McKay <amckay at mozilla.com 
> <mailto:amckay at mozilla.com>> wrote:
> 
>     I can confirm there will be no restrictions on Nightly and Aurora and
>     that currently the Firefox 57 restrictions apply to Desktop but not
>     Android. We want to get a few more things landed in WebExtensions
>     before we announce changes for Android, but you should expect it soon
>     around 57.
> 
>     I don't know the Log View add-on, could you provide a URL to it?
> 
>     On 9 March 2017 at 13:43, Jan Henning
>     <jh+mobile-firefox-dev at buttercookie.de
>     <mailto:jh%2Bmobile-firefox-dev at buttercookie.de>> wrote:
>      > Hi,
>      >
>      > what are the future prospects of the Log View add-on in view of the
>      > impending push for web extensions?
>      >
>      > Come whatever version the actual deadline will be on Android, the
>     add-on
>      > might or might not still run on Nightly/Aurora [1], but
>      > - AMO will eventually stop hosting non-Web-Extensions add-ons
>      > - it'll definitively won't run on Beta/Release
>      >
>      > It would be sad to loose the capability of this add-on, since
>     guiding people
>      > to simply install the add-on is much simpler than potentially
>     having to
>      > instruct them on how to get ADB running, which is probably even
>     more true
>      > for Beta or Release users. Also, the add-on doesn't require
>     having to have a
>      > computer ready to dump the logs, which can be useful in getting
>     logs for
>      > issues that are hard to reproduce.
>      >
>      > Jan
>      >
>      >
>      > [1] There are some statements floating around to the effect that only
>      > Beta/Release will enforce the ban of anything
>      > non-Webextension/non-System-Addon.
>      >
>      >
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