Sunbird/Lightning status update (Nov 8)

Well, it’s been quite a while since our last status update. Since the last update on the 30th of September we have released Sunbird and Lightning 0.3 and everyone was pretty exhausted after the release crunch. But now almost everybody is back on board and we’re going with full steam towards the 0.5 release, which we are currently planning to release in January. So here’s the (quite long) list of fixed bugs since the last status update:

  • Bug 202620: Make Alarms box biff the icon
  • Bug 232202: Checking ‘done’ checkbox in Tasks sidebar scrolls to top of listbox
  • Bug 310258: Adds ‘Show completed tasks’ to Lightning
  • Bug 322386: Views need to send all event creation/modification/deletion through the calICalendarViewController
  • Bug 324657: implementation according specification >
  • Bug 326746: support ‘noon’ and ‘midnight’ in the timepicker
  • Bug 332063: Adds week printing option
  • Bug 340195: Adds printing for Lightning
  • Bug 340477: add bold styling to the ‘header’ rows in the agenda-tree-view
  • Bug 345469: Add images for branded wizards
  • Bug 345643: Changes date format used in views to honour locale’s month/day order
  • Bug 346934: Unify Sunbird/Lightning item creation/modification code
  • Bug 348110: Add ICS document icons for Sunbird
  • Bug 349715: Make alarm handling less strict, fallback to date/due date
  • Bug 350406: Moves items common to Sb and Ln to a common
  • Bug 351031: Fixes wrong aligned date in month printout
  • Bug 351860: Monthly grid unnecessarily appends second month when first day of week is set to Monday
  • Bug 352005: Adds view source support to Sunbird. change
  • Bug 353007: Wraps long event titles in week view
  • Bug 353437: Localize file filter label for Alarm dialog
  • Bug 353999: Fix misaligned event boxes due to rounding errors
  • Bug 354454: “revised login code; fixing problems with wrong protocols and https probing”
  • Bug 354845: Removes unneeded cruft from timezone picker that broke it after changes were made in XUL’s menulist
  • Bug 355225: Remove old unneeded files when upgrading
  • Bug 355295: Lightning gets its own release notes
  • Bug 355304: Include exceptions when exporting to ics
  • Bug 355577: add index to properties table, to speed up item construction
  • Bug 355600: Uncomment some necessary stuff for repackaging l10n on win32
  • Bug 356183: Prevents CalDAV provider from throwing on VTODO retrieval
  • Bug 356249: Year in printout is not changed when entering the new year
  • Bug 356261: Removes default prefs for wcap
  • Bug 356496: Makes LOG() also work with string primitives
  • Bug 356637: Lose old dayplanner icon
  • Bug 356722: Fix lightning by using same jar layout as sunbird
  • Bug 357027: Sets control property of two titles to the checkbox rather than the datepicker
  • Bug 357252: make parsing quoted timezone ids work, and don’t cut ics values at commas when there can be only one value
  • Bug 357458: Adds alert (and quits) if we find a db with a schema version number > what we know how to deal with
  • Bug 357481: Fixes typo in storage provider that prevents viewing of todos in floating tz
  • Bug 358511: Adds ifdef MOZ_EXTENSIONS to so DOMi builds
  • Bug 358542: Fixes calls to nsIStreamLoader to comply with changes in Bug 281153
  • Bug 358578: Removes reference to nsTransferable.js from customizeToolbar.xul
  • Bug 358688: Moves view widths and heights to CSS
  • Bug 358775: Adds calWeekPrinter.js to Windows builds
  • Bug 359016: JavaScript error current item is not defined
  • Bug 359530: Fixes typo that makes ‘Use Master Password’ checkbox work

A big ‘Thank you’ goes out to all our developers, contributors, localizers, testers, and supporters.


  1. It would be nice if Lightning as a Thunderbird extension would allow me to select an appt. date/time in an email, pop up a menu item to add it to my calendar w/the email title as the topic.
    I often get meeting notices this way. Some programs, like GroupWise (yuck) support this kind of functionality.

  2. Man… That’s a lot of bugs fixed. Great work to everyone involved!

  3. Great work guys and gals…. man this product is getting closer every day…
    i’m using this product (post .3) in a 20 plus user office environment.. I’d like to contribute. let me know if I can….
    (I’m using cosmo as my ics server)

  4. Wow. January? That’s pretty quick. Development is really speeding up aye? Looking forward to that 1.0 release when it finally comes. :-) Good work.

  5. Hi Team,
    bug 332063 (and perhaps bug 358775) is still not fixed. In my build (Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; de-DE; rv:1.9a1) Gecko/20061108 Calendar/0.4a1) is no week-printing option.
    Greets from Germany

  6. Michael,
    in my build (Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9a1) Gecko/20061108 Calendar/0.4a1) I can choose between printing a list, a monthly grid or a weekly planner.
    Are you sure, that those options aren’t available in your print dialog? Could you try it with a new profile?

  7. Sounds great. What happed to the nightly developer builds for those of us who want to live on the bleeding edge?

  8. Hi Simon,
    you�re right. My “old” profile (with all my dates and events) was the reason…
    How can I restore my dates?
    Greets and zhanks for your great work

  9. Hi Simon (the second),
    it was the German language-pack….

  10. scatterlined,
    nightly builds are available as always from the ftp server.
    The links to those builds are on the homepage of this weblog.

  11. I’m using the latest lightning nightly with Thunderbird Is there a way to control WHICH calendar an event is added to when clicking the “Add To Calendar” button on an ics meeting email?

  12. I love lightning. I was wondering if you guys were considering adding “Make Event/Task from this email(s)” functionality and allowing us to associate emails with events and tasks (both new and already existing).
    I live and die by my Inbox and basically right now convert emails into tasks and events manually even though they are both in the same app.
    Just curious?

  13. Hey there,
    Just throwing up a possible bug.
    Currently with Sunbird, we’re experiencing crashes if we load up quite a few calendars (around 15+ looks like).
    I originally thought it was just the one machine doing it, but I’ve been able to replicate it on multiple computers.
    Just FYI – I know its an extreme problem as people wouldnt generally be using that many calendars at once

  14. I would like to see better integration into Thunderbird. Currently the integration puts the month calendar and to do lists in the same pane as my mailboxes, making it difficult to see either of them to the extent I want. Can’t we get a welcome screen like in Outlook? You know, one with our daily agenda, our to do list and a list of our mailboxes with the number of new messages listed?
    From there we could go into the calendar, email or to do list.

  15. is there any chance to an earlier 0.4 version?

  16. I know Sunbird has webdav support for publishing, any chance we can implement ftp as well (as ftp is such a pervasive protocol, it would benefit a large audience).

  17. Michel, Sunbird does support the FTP protocol.