Thunderbird 38 beta 2 is available

R Kent James kent at
Fri Apr 24 16:31:55 UTC 2015

The goal would be to at least have maildir be selectable in the Advanced 
Configuration dialog at the time of account creation. This is the 
existing UI, and it works for POP3 but not for IMAP (which needs 
fixing). So the current UI, once we get the IMAP Advanced Dialog to 
work, is close to what we want.

Obviously we also need a method to migrate from one form to another.

On 4/24/2015 9:10 AM, Blake Winton wrote:
> I disagree.  I don’t think most people care what the underlying 
> storage format is, and so once we believe maildir is at an acceptable 
> level of stability and performance, we should just switch to it 
> automatically.  (Only for new accounts at first, so that we don’t hang 
> people’s machines on upgrade.  ;)  But perhaps we could also provide 
> an “Upgrade storage format” button that had a progress bar and stuff 
> in a later version.)
> Thanks,
> Blake.
> -- 
> Blake Winton   UX Engineer
> bwinton at <mailto:bwinton at>
>> On Apr 24, 2015, at 04:18, Mihovil Stanić <mihovil at 
>> <mailto:mihovil at>> wrote:
>> I managed to setup maildir and since I have almost 20GB of emails 
>> (some folders contain around 12000 messages), I will be able to see 
>> if it works or not. :)
>> Anyway, my initial impression is that maildir visibility when 
>> creating new mail account is BAD.
>> I spent 30 min and 4 profile deletions until I found out HOW to 
>> enable MailDir.
>> If you just installed TB, you will be prompted with account creation 
>> wizard. That wizard has NO reference to maildir at all. To enable it, 
>> you must go trough whole wizard, setup everything, but don't click 
>> "FINISH".
>> When you have setup everything, go advanced setting, and then find 
>> your account, go to SERVER SETTINGS, then on very bottom, there is 
>> small text "TYPE OF MESSAGE STORAGE", switch to maildir and OK.
>> This is not very intuitive and most people will not even know maildir 
>> exists. Type of storage should me inside accout setup wizard.
>> Best regards,
>> Mihovil
>> 24.04.2015 u 13:13, Wayne Mery (Thunderbird QA) je napisao/la:
>>> To requote Kent, who has probably used this the most, "I've been 
>>> running with maildir on IMAP for several months now with no issues."
>>> But best to judge for yourself what may or may not affect you, by 
>>> digging in to bugzilla (you can edit to suit 
>>> your requirements). There are 5 dataloss bugs there. Two of which 
>>> are fixed. The other 3 may or may not affect you.
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