Worthwhile Thunderbird projects/addons?

Andrew Sutherland asutherland at asutherland.org
Tue Dec 21 01:26:18 UTC 2010


On 12/20/2010 03:37 PM, Jim wrote:
> Does anyone else have ideas for high-value projects for Thunderbird?

There are a number of improvements to the global database indexer that 
would prove very useful.  I try and tag such things with "[gloda key]" 
in the whiteboard, and the following search should show them:
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/buglist.cgi?quicksearch=sw:%22[gloda+key]%22

Of specific benefit, somewhat categorized are:

Making gloda real-time responsive to added/modified messages (that it 
has heard about):
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=554190

The fulltext indexer tokenizer could be smarter (which would result in 
performance/disk space improvements, not to mention improved search 
results):
- Don't index stopwords like "the": 
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=554033
- Don't be dumb about numbers: 
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=544580

Systemic issues relating to gloda not hearing about things it should get 
told about (resulting in things like sent messages not being indexed 
until you click on the sent folder).  There have been some improvements 
here, but there's still issues.  This has been the subject of some 
recent discussion as protz's Thunderbird Conversations extension is a 
victim of these problems:
- gloda specific bug: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=534449
- related offline store bug: 
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=574441
- fixed moved/archive bug with recent discussion: 
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=562115


These are likely to also have serious long-term benefits because a lot 
of new functionality is being built/planned to be built on-top of 
gloda.  (And even if/when we move gloda to perform sharding for various 
reasons, all of this logic will still be necessary.)

Andrew





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