What to do about CONDSTORE for GMail for TB 24?

Jb Piacentino jb at mozilla.com
Tue Sep 3 20:02:34 UTC 2013


Mike & all,

What is the expected impact of disabling CONDSTORE or having TB not 
believing GMail? Performance? Data loss?...

Thanks,

Jb

On Tue Sep  3 21:29:30 2013, Mike Conley wrote:
> Hey tb-planning,
>
> So during our bi-weekly Thunderbird meeting today, the issue of CONDSTORE (which was brought up in a separate thread on tb-planning, but I'm splitting out to primarily discuss what to do about the issue for TB 24) was brought up.
>
> Here's what we know:
>
> 1) GMail has recently switched on support for CONDSTORE, which allows for more efficient IMAP queries.
> 2) We've had reports of buggy behaviour with GMail - here on tb-planning, as well as in Bugzilla[1]. Specifically, people have been reporting that Thunderbird stops retrieving their GMail mail (or at the very least, doesn't get it immediately). Wayne and Roland are still getting a handle on any murmurs in the forums and GetSatisfaction.
> 3) The problems being experienced with CONDSTORE are not well understood.
>
> So it's unclear how big of an issue this is - but in the worst case-scenario, a growing number of users may find that Thunderbird is not getting their GMail mail.
>
> With 2 weeks left to go until a major release, should we be using that as an opportunity to pack a fix / workaround into 24?
>
> There is a hidden pref that, if flipped, disables Thunderbird's CONDSTORE support. Irving also mentioned that we could also instruct TB to "not believe" GMail when it says it supports CONDSTORE.
>
> It's hard to make a call here because, as far as I can see, our data on this problem is really lacking.
>
> What should we do? Anything?
>
> -Mike
>
> [1]: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/buglist.cgi?f1=OP&o3=anywordssubstr&short_desc=gmail%20condstor&classification=Client%20Software&classification=Components&o2=anywordssubstr&f4=CP&chfieldto=Now&query_format=advanced&j1=OR&f3=keywords&chfieldfrom=2013-07-20&f2=short_desc&short_desc_type=anywordssubstr&product=MailNews%20Core&product=Thunderbird&list_id=7809791
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