What to do about CONDSTORE for GMail for TB 24?

Ehsan Akhgari ehsan.akhgari at gmail.com
Tue Sep 3 21:33:11 UTC 2013

On 2013-09-03 3:29 PM, 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?

Have we considered reaching out to Google about this?  We have a 
communication channel with them for these kinds of issues and I will be 
more than happy to forward technical information about the problem to 
them and get the right people on both sides in touch with each other.


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