Biff does not work if password is NOT entered(saved)



MailNews Core
18 years ago
10 years ago


(Reporter: fenella, Assigned: (not reading, please use instead))


(Blocks: 1 bug)

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(Whiteboard: unsure how long)



18 years ago
This bug is used to track biff in multiple accounts

Actual result:

For single account, biff icon appears because when I log on, the password dialog
automatically pops up which allows me to enter password. So, biff works fine in
a single account.

But in the multiple accounts situation,  Biff icon does not automatically
display unless I log on to the second account or have the password saved for the
second account. 

Expected result: Biff icon should be automatically displayed in the second
account even when the password is NOT entered or saved.

Comment 1

18 years ago
Reassign to putterman. A biff icon? In the task bar? Really? I haven't seen it.
Assignee: phil → putterman
Summary: [Feature]Biff does not work if password is NOT entered(saved) → [Feature]Biff does not work if password is NOT entered(saved)

Comment 2

18 years ago
I meant the green downward arrow in the upper left of the Inbox icon, not the
Task bar. 


18 years ago
QA Contact: lchiang → fenella

Comment 3

18 years ago
Biff shouldn't work if the password isn't entered or saved.  However, we should
ask the user to logon when we start up mail.
Target Milestone: M16


18 years ago
Priority: P3 → P2
Whiteboard: unsure how long

Comment 4

18 years ago
Sol, how do you feel about moving this out of beta2?  This seems release note
worthy - just use saved passwords for accounts where you want biff info.

Comment 5

18 years ago
It seems that the password manager changes the problem a little bit.
   *You can't successfully biff without coughing up a password
   *All passwords (if stored) are stored in the password manager
   *The only way to retrieve a password from the password manager is with a 
master password - *unless* you choose to have no password for the password 

Not sure I understand what the proposed fix is here.

Scott - are you suggesting that: 

(a) biff only uses passwords stored in the password manager, and that (1) we 
check to see if there is no password for the master password, in which case we 
extract the stored passwords and use them in biff, or (2) we ask the user to 
supply a master password when first using Mail in a session, or 
(b) we don't require biff passwords to be stored in the password manager, and we 
provide the end user an opportunity to supply passwords for each account by 
cycling through all the accounts the user has indicated he/she wants to biff?

I'm asking this because I'm not sure how much of this is additional 
implementation work (which I would lobby to do in beta 2) and how much is bug 
fixing (which can probably be release noted and fixed in beta 3).

Comment 6

18 years ago
I'm just saying we need to get the password on startup.  For example, when you
start up the mail window, it tries to load your default Inbox.  Currently, if
you haven't saved your password and you have a password for the Master password,
you get asked this.  Presumably when Get Msgs for multiple accounts works, this
will happen for every account for which you want to get messages.  Biff is
really dependent on all this.  We will only biff those things that are logged
into.  If accounts have to be logged into on startup then we get biff for free.
This bug may not even be necessary.

Comment 7

18 years ago
Do you know if there is a bug for "Get Msgs for multiple accounts"? If so, then 
I agree that we would get biff for free.

Comment 8

18 years ago
Get msgs for multiple accounts is covered under

Comment 9

18 years ago
reassigning to gayatrib.  As I mentioned before I think this bug will be fixed
as a side effect of making get msgs for multiple accounts work.
Assignee: putterman → gayatrib


18 years ago
Blocks: 36011


18 years ago

Comment 10

18 years ago
I think this is more of a bug than a feature. Moving to M17.
Summary: [Feature]Biff does not work if password is NOT entered(saved) → Biff does not work if password is NOT entered(saved)
Target Milestone: M16 → M17

Comment 11

18 years ago
Moving to future milestone.
Target Milestone: M17 → Future

Comment 12

17 years ago
Sheelar is the QA now
QA Contact: fenella → sheelar

Comment 13

17 years ago
reassigning to racham
Assignee: gayatrib → racham
QA Contact: sheelar → stephend

Comment 14

15 years ago
Is this bug still an issue?  I do not have Mozilla save any of my passwords, 
when MailNews starts up I am prompted for passwords for each of my POP accounts 
(all have been set for Check for new messages on startup"), and I get new mail 
notification immediately if there are messages, and/or later as new mail arrives 
on the timed checks.
mass re-assign.
Assignee: racham → sspitzer
Product: MailNews → Core

Comment 16

13 years ago
Very old bug that has been WFM for quite a long time.
Last Resolved: 13 years ago
Resolution: --- → WORKSFORME
Product: Core → MailNews Core
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