[Pkg-mozext-maintainers] Changes within the Thunderbird packaging > 68.x

Carsten Schoenert c.schoenert at t-online.de
Wed Apr 15 11:10:20 BST 2020

Hi there,

I spend somehow more than 2 months I guess to get a current Thunderbird 
Beta version packaged and working. :)

Currently I've running a version 76.0b1. I'm planning to get things more 
in shape and do an upload to experimental within the next days as the 
next ESR version of Thunderbird isn't that far away. So we have 
hopefully enough time to fix any outstanding issues we will see for sure 
by the new version.

One major thing under the hood is the integration of Lightning into the 
core of Thunderbird started around by version 74.

We have some packaged extensions that depend on the lightning package 
currently and by some questions come to my mind.

I need to remove the existing ligthting package. By this all other 
packages that depend on lightning would get an unreasonable dependency. 
I could prevent this by adding a Provides to the thunderbird package. 
But I'd like to prevent this as the packages that depend on this will be 
rather small (haven't done any research on that yet) and I'd like to see 
their dependencies fixed instead.

But if other package maintainers see strong reasons that the thunderbird 
package should become a "Provides: lighting" I'm not against this.

Please share your options.

We also need to think about Enigmail, there was some direct integration 
planned into Thunderbird, but I don't know the state on this.

Carsten Schoenert

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