TB24 inclusion for new minor feature (thread-sorting pref)

Axel Grude axel.grude at gmail.com
Mon Aug 12 07:33:32 UTC 2013

Failing that, do you think writing an addon for this might be feasible?
> I'd set the approval-comm-aurora and beta flags, and hope for the best :)
> It's a fairly small patch with no localization changes so landing it for 24 
> shouldn't be out of the question.
>  -Magnus
> On 12.8.2013 02:18, The Wanderer wrote:
>> Since it's so late in the TB24 release process, it's been suggested that
>> I bring this up here, rather than just requesting approval-comm-aurora
>> (or would that be approval-comm-beta by now?) on the relevant bug. If
>> that's the wrong approach, please let me know, and I can submit
>> whichever request would be appropriate there for whatever discussion
>> might be needed.
>> I would like to see the fix for bug 495946 (a pref to allow threads to
>> be sorted by the date of the root message, rather than the newest one)
>> make it into the TB24 "full release" / ESR, either as part of the
>> initial release, or as part of one of the subsequent point releases.
>> It is not a fix for a crash or other stability problem, or for a
>> security hole; it is technically a fix for a regression, but the
>> regression occurred in the transition from Thunderbird 2 to Thunderbird
>> 3, so it can't be considered urgent on that basis. It fixes the
>> regression not by restoring the exact old behavior, but by implementing
>> new functionality which improves on the original behavior.
>> I personally consider the behavior which regressed to be absolutely
>> essential, to the extent that I have remained on Thunderbird 2 to date
>> rather than migrate to a version without it. However, I appear to be
>> distinctly in the minority in that regard.
>> There do not appear to be any existing tests which cover thread sorting
>> order per se, but all existing tests which cover message sorting at all
>> appear to pass with this fix included. The introduced behavior is also
>> off by default (behind a pref which defaults to false), so the fix
>> should not change anything for anyone who doesn't want to change it.
>> The reason I would like to see this included in the TB24 ESR is that the
>> ESR is now the basis of the Thunderbird variant provided by my Linux
>> distribution (Debian); if this is not included in the TB24 ESR, I will
>> not see it through my distro until the TB31 ESR, a good year away.
>> In the absence of a distro-provided version which includes the fix, my
>> only options would be to A: maintain it as a patch against the distro
>> version, B: run a non-distro-managed Thunderbird, or C: continue to
>> remain on TB2. None of these is desirable.
>> I recognize that the odds of this getting accepted for inclusion in the
>> TB24 ESR release at this point are very slim, but they're even slimmer
>> if I don't even ask for it. So, I'm asking: what would the prospects for
>> getting this included in the TB24 ESR release line (whether initially or
>> in a point release) be? More to the point, who would I have to convince,
>> and what sort of thing would it take to be convincing?
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