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

Carsten Schoenert c.schoenert at t-online.de
Mon Apr 27 13:08:38 BST 2020

Hello Mechtilde,

Am 27.04.20 um 12:28 schrieb Mechtilde Stehmann:
> I did some tests in a separate VM with a fresh isntallation an the new
> packaged tbsync etc.
> I seems that thunderbird expect the extension at another place. so it
> isn't visible in the Add-On Manager.

there hasn't anything changed within the source of Thunderbird regarding 
the folder were extensions get searched.

> Does anyone know a reason, so I can get it working again?

There can be multiple reasons, the first thing that I see is the key 
strict_max_version within the files manifest.json all related binary 
packages for tbsync.

These are all set to 69.*, but you are on TB 76.0 right now. There is 
normally a reason why upstream developers doing that. Mainly they cant 
ensure their extension also working with newer versions of Thunderbird 
(or Firefox). Best is to get in touch with upstream.
It's not enough to increase these versions as I've tested.

I typically install the extension in question locally within my profile 
and analyze differences between my packaging and the content which was 
installed into $(HOME)/.thunderbird/$profile/extensions.

Seems we will start the usual update dance for Thunderbird extensions 
again and again. :( A lot of trust is lost by this up and down of MZLN. 
The most important extension is Enigmail so far, still no state of 
things from MZLN regarding this topic for TB 78.

Carsten Schoenert

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