Calendar Community Test Day On Thursday

Our next test day will be on Thursday, February 7th. It will be a
general test day in preparation for the first release candidate of
Lightning and Sunbird 0.8.

We identified some areas where we need your help testing both products:

  • The unifinder (aka event list) has been partly rewritten, and we have
    already found (and fixed) some regressions.
  • The handling of non-native timezones in Sunbird and Lightning has
    greatly improved, and you should be able to import and subscribe to
    calendars created with other calendar applications without any of the
    prominent problems, like shifting start and end times in the event
    dialog and calendar views. We will provide one or more calendar files
    with non-native timezones for testing on our Test Day Wiki Page.
  • Every aspect of task related functionality in Lightning, especially
    the Task mode.

For testing our new features, the experimental offline cache and initial
timezone guessing, please have a look at the Test Day Wiki Page for

We suggest that you try a mix of Litmus and ad-hoc testing. Ad-hoc
testing is testing where you attempt to use the product like a “normal
user” to find any issues that crop up along the way. You also try to
make the program break by doing unexpected things, just do anything you
can imagine – mix up events, emails, tasks, calendar types etc. When you
find something, take a look at the Error Console (especially before
submitting a bug report), since there is usually very valuable
information there that points to the cause of the bug.

As usual there are also some fixed bugs that need to be verified.
You simply add a comment to the bug report stating what product, version
and operating system you used while verifying the bug fixed.

Join us in #calendar-qa on Thursday. All the information on the test day
is on our usual Test Day Wiki Page.

Happy Testing!


  1. It´s the first time, that i have to criticize the development. I use sunbird since the early 0.3alpha days and i´m disappointed, that new features are implemented only in lightning. I cannot change to lightning because of a terrible visualization. I use a laptop with a small screen. I deactivaded the sidebar for folders etc. and the switches for tasks and calendar(i hope you know what i mean). So I can see “more” details of Emails. If i switch to the calendar, i have to activate the minimonth and the list of calendars. If i switch back to email, i have to deactivate the folder-sidebar (and so on). Please implement something like a “startpage”, that i have seen in “spicebird”
    Greets from germany and sorry about my bad english

  2. hi!
    I dont want to join the critics (are you using a 800×600 resolution? its a bit outdated ;))… but i wanted to thank all the developer for the great work! anyhow, a startpage would be quite handy… ;)
    Greetings and keep up the great work!

  3. I encountered chrome installation problem when I tried to start recent sunbird 0.8 pre nightly build on Debian. It shows “Calendar could not install this item because of a failure in Chrome registration. Please contact the author about this problem”.

  4. Hi guys,
    you did a really good job until now and I believe that you will further do the same good job as you did it yet.
    I’m waiting for 0.8 release, but there aren’t anymore news…it’s nearly one week without news and I’m getting crazy about waiting anymore for the 0.8! ;-)
    Greets from DE

  5. Hi,
    I think we are a lot craving for news.
    Guys, please give us some news or better a date for the RC1 !
    Tks !

  6. the 2008021421 is broken: the comboBox are to small.
    see this:

  7. Hi,
    It’s Christoph Dollis here. While you don’t know me from a sack of potatoes, I’ve spent at least 10 hours today researching and implementing your work. And thank you for it.
    I’m thrilled to be able to use Lightning with Thunderbird, glad it handles tasks, and was saddened to learn GCal doesn’t support tasks uploaded through Provider.
    So I tried exporting a .ics file from Thunderbird and uploading it to my web directory. It’s a linux host.
    Lightning lets me read the calendar. However, the second I got to add an even or task, I get this error message:
    There has been an error reading data for the calendar: Tasks 2. It has been placed in read-only mode, since changes to the calendar will likely result in data loss. You may change this setting by choosing ‘Edit Calendar.’
    Error number: 0x0
    Publishing the calendar file failed.
    Status code: 405: Method Not Allowed.
    I CHMODed the Tasks_2.ics calendar file to 777 to see if this would make a difference. It doesn’t.
    Do any of you have any idea why I can’t edit my calendar using Lightning, the program which originally created it?

  8. @Dedalus
    This regression is already fixed in recent nightly builds.
    @Christoph Dollis
    405 Method Not Allowed is a server error. Maybe your server configuration doesn’t allow the http PUT method.