Lightning and Sunbird RC1 Testday on Monday, September 15

Our next testday will be on Monday, September 15th, and we will concentrate on the first release candidate of Lightning and Sunbird 0.9, which you can get here:

We need your help to complete the remaining localization (L10N) checks, and the update testing, as you can see from the test plan.

The participation in the last Sunbird localization testday wasn’t so good. Maybe it is helpful to clarify what L10N testing means. It is not really necessary to understand the tested language because the main focus of this testing is to find untranslated strings (still the English wording), garbled characters (language specific letters, e.g. ‘ü’ or ‘ä’), and messages in the error console at startup (often caused by mistranslated timezone strings). Please, take a look at some of the bugs filed on the last testday, which are good samples: bug 449646 and bug 450618.

Localization testing in Sunbird is easy. After downloading and unzipping the translated Sunbird build start the application with a new profile, and you get the correct locale. In Lightning you should also use a new profile, but you have to start Thunderbird with the parameter ‘-UILocale’, e.g. ‘-UILocale fr’ or ‘-UILocale pt-BR’. So you get a French or Portuguese (Brazil) Lightning – independent from your Thunderbird locale. The RC1 build is multilingual and contains all shipped locales.

In earlier releases we found critical bugs in the update test scenario, and so this is the second major topic of the testday. Especially this time it is worth to check the timezone functionality after the update, because in 0.9 the timezone database is a separate add-on. You can also find a matrix with the update paths at our test plan. If you have anything to add, feel free to do so.

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 Monday. All the information on the test day is on our usual Test Day Wiki Page.

Hope to see you in #calendar-qa!

Andreas & Martin
Calendar QA Team



  1. General installation problem with 08 or 0.9 rc1 release:

  2. Lightning does not show task from my main(local) calendar when another caldav calendar is active but not accessible.
    (I am filling a bug later…)

  3. I still have a problem with Sunbird saying “The calendar data in your profile was updated by a newer version of Sunbird, and continuing will probably cause the information to be lost or corrupted. Sunbird will now quit.” when I try to run it. How do I solve this issue?

  4. Sunbird doesn’t do a very clean uninstall, so when you uninstall 0.9 to revert to 0.9pre or 0.8, you need to delete every instance of Sunbird from your Documents and Settings folder.
    C:Documents and Settings[user]Application DataMozillaSunbird
    C:Documents and Settings[user]Local SettingsApplication DataMozillaSunbird
    C:Program FilesMozilla Sunbird
    Uninstall, delete these three folders, then reinstall the older version of Sunbird. You’ll lose all your calendars, but that’s what you get for trusting new releases.