Bumping the autoconfig xml format to support multiple incoming servers.

Blake Winton bwinton at mozillamessaging.com
Fri Mar 26 17:17:21 UTC 2010

In https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=532590#c64, BenB 
suggested that he has a patch (albeit without tests) in 
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=531267 to clean up our XML 
handling in various ways.  Notably, by allowing us to have more than one 

The current Thunderbird code doesn't handle that case, so if we start 
adding alternate incomingServers (i.e. IMAP and POP), people on 
Thunderbird versions 3.0.0 to 3.0.4 will stop recognizing the config 
files.  That's bad.

My proposal was to add an extra element which would hide the additional 
incomingServers from TB 3.0.  On the upside, that meant we wouldn't need 
to bump the XML format, but on the downside it feels a little like an 
ad-hoc solution to a larger problem.

Ben's counter-proposal is to copy the configs from 
https://live.mozillamessaging.com/autoconfig/ to 
https://live.mozillamessaging.com/autoconfig/v3.1/ and just add the 
extra incomingServers.  We would maintain the (current) V3.0 format 
files manually until it gets annoying, at which point we can write a 
script to convert the v3.1 format files to v3.0, and have them be 
maintained that way.

I think this sounds like a reasonable way forward, but wanted to open it 
up to the wider communities before going too far down this path.


Thank you,

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