Closed Bug 255466 Opened 17 years ago Closed 17 years ago

Account option to check for new messages every XXX minutes does not work for RSS feeds


(MailNews Core :: Feed Reader, defect)

Not set


(Not tracked)



(Reporter: bugs, Assigned: mscott)



(1 file)

User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7) Gecko/20040707 Firefox/0.9.2
Build Identifier: Thunderbird version 0.7+ (20040811)

When the account option to check for new messages is set, Thunderbird does not
check for new messages on the feeds when the time has elapsed.

Automatic checking of feeds is even more important than email accounts, as they
are a dynamic data source. As new articles are posted on the site, older ones
disappear from the feed and cannot be recovered later.

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Subscribe to a frequently updated news source, such as BBC World News
2. Set the account option "Check for new messages every X minutes" to something
Actual Results:  
Even after the time has expired, no items will be downloaded.

The new items will only be downloaded by right-clicking on the account and
selecting "Get new messages".

Expected Results:  
Check for new messages every XXX minutes, as requested.
confirming, I can repro this using 2004081205-0.8 on linux fedora core 2.

1. in the Account Settings for the RSS acct, I selected "Check for new articles
every 5 minutes."

2. added a feed to which changes frequently.

3. wait 5 minutes (or more) and look at the article listing in the thread pane.

actual results: there are no changes to the article listing in the thread pane.
Ever confirmed: true
OS: Windows XP → All
Hardware: PC → All
Target Milestone: --- → Thunderbird0.8
Attached patch the fixSplinter Review

although we don't show the new mail alert yet and the folder isn't getting a red
icon next to it when it has new mail but that can be done later. 
Closed: 17 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
(In reply to comment #3)
> fixed
reproduced on tb 1.5 rc 2 with 2 min and 5 min freq using and

Thunderbird version 1.5 (20051201)

during testday 2005-12-13

13:20]<Storkman> rss test 6 b - I don't seem to be getting automatic updates of rss feeds (i.e.: if i look at the feed in ff there are articles that tb has not displayed yet) ref bug 255466
[13:20]<Storkman> i set my update frequency to 2 min though
[13:21]<Storkman> i'm trying again with a freq of 5 min
[13:21]<Storkman> feed is
[13:23]<davel> hi storkman - what os are you running?
[13:23]<Storkman> win xp sp2
[13:24]<davel> storkman, do you have a packet sniffer (like ethereal -
[13:24]<davel> I think it might be interesting to see if Tb is fetching the feed at all . . .
[13:25]<Storkman> no packet sniffer
[13:25]<Storkman> 6 min since i changed freq to 5 min
[13:25]<Storkman> ctrl - t (manual update) sucked down 30 more articles
[13:26]<marcia> Storkman: Is the only feed you have?
[13:27]<davel> hmmm.
[13:27]<Storkman> i also have 2 others
[13:27]<Storkman> the burning edge and mozillazine feedhouse
[13:29]<marcia> Storkman: I have seen instances where some feeds are problematic and other are not
[13:30]<Storkman> can you suggest another frequently updated feed?
[13:31]<Storkman> am trying with bbc feed i found in the original bug
[13:31]<Storkman> 5 min auto-refresh
[13:31]<Storkman> 29 articles to start with...
[13:39]<marcia> Storkman: hold on I will get you one
[13:40]<Storkman> same results with bbc feed
[13:40]<Storkman> these are the two feeds ( and bbc) that were referred to in the original bug
[13:42]<marcia> Some of the yahoo feeds refresh frequently, but not as frequently as delicious -

I have verified this is still a problem with Thunderbird on Windows XP.
Component: RSS → Feed Reader
Product: Thunderbird → MailNews Core
Target Milestone: Thunderbird0.8 → ---
Version: unspecified → Trunk
Blocks: 502621
No longer blocks: 502621
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