Saved NNTP account user ID and password must be re-entered after each NNTP server connection failure



15 years ago
10 years ago


(Reporter: thorsten-si, Assigned: sspitzer)



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15 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7a) Gecko/20040218
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7a) Gecko/20040218

My primary NNTP server,, is frequently down for short
periods of time. This wouldn't normally a problem, except that the user ID and
password (which were supposed to be saved by the password manager) must be
re-entered each time after the client encounters a server that is temporarily

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Create newsgroup account. 
2. When prompted, enter user ID and password. Select "Use Password Manager to
remember this value." for both user ID and password.
3. Read newsgroups. Close and restart mozilla.
4a. If Mozilla can immediately connect to the NNTP server, groups can be read
without having to re-enter user ID or password (this is the expected behavior.)
5a. Continue with step 3.

4b. If Mozilla can't connect to the NNTP server right away, Mozilla will 
(i) give an error message: "A News (NNTP) error occurred: News serer temporarily
unavailable; please try again in a few minutes (ELAuth Errored)" and
(ii) prompt again for the NNTP account user ID and password.
5b. Keep asking for user ID and password until connection can be established.
6b. Continue with step 3.

Actual Results:  
See step 5b above.

Expected Results:  
Mozilla News should remember the user ID and password for NNTP accounts in the
same way it remembers these values for IMAP4 and POP3 accounts. (E.g., when a
POP3 or IMAP server is temporarily unavailable, a user does NOT have to re-enter
their user ID and password the next time the server is available again.)

In Password Manager, the user ID for NNTP accounts is given only as "<>" (also see
Product: MailNews → Core

Comment 1

14 years ago
This bug is particularly bothersome for Comcast users.  I've had to re-enter my
username and password from 3 to 30 times per hour whenever 
nntp:// returns an intermittant authentication error.
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Last Resolved: 13 years ago
Resolution: --- → EXPIRED
Product: Core → MailNews Core
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