Re: Web Activities is creating an nsIActivityManager, it's going to collide with Thunderbird's mail/components/activity/nsIActivityManager.idl

Mark Banner mbanner at
Wed Jul 18 06:25:34 UTC 2012

Surely mozilla-central's new interface should be mozIActivityManager by their own convention?

Can someone comment on their bug and file a bug for us if necessary? Given they are breaking their current convention it'd be nice if they could give us a chance to working something out. I've also got a feeling there's one or two extensions that use the interface so this won't be great for them...

Sent from my Android phone with K-9 Mail. Please excuse my brevity.

Andrew Sutherland <asutherland at> wrote: is implementing web 
activities. It introduces an nsIActivityManager idl file (the part 4 
patch). I assume this will end up being a problem for the various JS 
code that just references it via Components.interfaces. I find it hard 
to make a case for the patches changing their name.

Since the Thunderbird activity manager is effectively unowned right now, 
I'm sending an email rather than filing a bug because I'm not sure there 
would be anyone to see the bug.

In retrospect, once comm-central got forked off, we probably should have 
claimed our own prefix-space. tbIActivityManager looks dumb. I think 
rkent has abandoned skink, but skIActivityManager is pretty cool. I 
suppose nsITBActivityManager is also workable...

NB: "moz" is not a good prefix because mozilla-central is using that 
already, so that's just another source of potential collisions.


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