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Latest TBird update breaks TQ on Mac
April 20, 2012
7:42 am
Rob McCleave
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ToneQuilla 1.1 on Mac running OS 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard). An excellent add-on!Frown
The plug in worked fine yesterday, now it is disabled by TBird 11.0.1.
I wish they would slow down with the updates. I can barely get things working before a new version comes out and upsets the apple cart.
I'm switching to manual updates.

I have found in the past that TQ is disabled but on reinstalling, it works again, so I'll try that, too.

April 24, 2012
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I vaguely recall some update issues with my addons of the nature you describe, but I have never been able to reproduce it.

The only thing unusual about ToneQuilla from an update perspective is that it has to unpack the addon at update (since it has those sound files), and it is possible there is some bug with that in the update procedures.

Beyond that I don't really know what to recommend to you. Mozilla is moving toward silent update and compatible by default, which should help these issues in the future.

May 2, 2012
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I've been playing with it over the past few days and it's a repeatable phenomenon that making changes to the ToneQuilla sounds folder (ie adding or deleting sound files) causes TBird to disable the ToneQuilla plug-in. Restarting Thunderbird does not help, and of course, re-installing TQ re-activates it but the installation over writes the sound folder, so all my sound file changes are lost.

If I restart ThunderBird after 5PM (Eastern), my deactivated TQ resumes functioning and TBird goes back to playing the sounds I selected in the various filters. I just tried this five minutes ago and it worked!

The now frequent updates to TBird don't have any effect on TQ, thank heavens, so once I have a stable set of sounds, I can customize my filters any way I like. As long as I restart after 5PM after changing the sounds folder, everything is hunky dory.

May 2, 2012
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It sounds like you are adding your own files to the TQ sounds folder. Really you should be storing your files elsewhere. The TQ sounds folder is part of the addon, and I would expect that it would update when the addon updates, which would overwrite any files you have added.

The particular issue that you are describing though it not one that I have encountered. It is possible that Mozilla has started checking the integrity of the addon folders, and replacing them daily if they have changed. In a general sense, addons create a security risk since they are stored in less-protected user areas (relative to system areas), and yet can load and run software just like a program. I could imagine a malicious attacker replacing part of a common addon with malicious code as a way around system protections.

But I digress. Wouldn't your problem go away if you started storing your sound files in your own folders, and just pointing to them directly from the filter definition?

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