What to do about CONDSTORE for GMail for TB 24?

Jonathan Protzenko jonathan.protzenko at gmail.com
Tue Sep 3 20:49:23 UTC 2013


The problem is only really visible if you use labels a lot, that is, if 
you expect mails in folders other than inbox to be fetched actively. 
This may not be the case for the general GetSfn population.

~ jonathan

On Tue 03 Sep 2013 10:47:05 PM CEST, Roland MoCo Tanglao wrote:
> +1 for the Andrew/JB nuanced idea of disabling condstore for gmail only!
> ...Roland
>
> On 2013-09-03 1:45 PM, Andrew Sutherland wrote:
>> On 09/03/2013 04:27 PM, Jb Piacentino wrote:
>>> Thanks Mike. So if I summarize we have two alternatives:
>>> 1 - leaving the TB code as is and running the unevaluated risk of
>>> users not seeing their GMail messages in a timely manner
>>> 2 - flipping this pref (disabling CONDSTORE) with the net effect of
>>> not leveraging GMail optimization (and other email servers).
>>> If it is as simple as described, and assuming identifying, creating
>>> and pushing a patch in the next 2 weeks is something we can't do
>>> (who can do it?), it seems to me that option 2 is safer and has
>>> lesser impact.
>>
>> Disabling CONDSTORE for all IMAP servers is a pretty dramatic
>> change.  As I noted in an earlier related message, Thunderbird has
>> been using CONDSTORE on other servers that support it since
>> Thunderbird 3.0.  Turning it off just for gmail by default sounds
>> reasonable.  There's already special gmail server logic, so it
>> shouldn't be super-dramatic to accomplish.
>>
>> As for the 2-week thing, it's not like it's a rocket launch window
>> and the planets won't be aligned again for another year.  It seems
>> like some discretion as to when to release is possible, although it's
>> probably a hassle and slippage has to be bounded due to security
>> release concerns.
>>
>> Andrew
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