Closed Bug 262626 Opened 16 years ago Closed 16 years ago
add UI to open about:config
Many users like to really get down and tweak their mail client. Firefox has about:config for doing som. Thunderbird doesn't. I'm proposing to add a button to the Advanced category in the preferences to bring up such a window. That way a user can do some editing of their preferences within a nice little structured editor. Gerv brought this up on his blog: http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/gerv/archives/006581.html Since I haven't been hacking tbird in a while I had to download a tree, and I am (it seems eternally) unable to build.... ugh... anyway, a rough patch forthcoming.
Small typo fix
Attachment #160864 - Attachment is obsolete: true
mscott: Is this something we can persue? I think it would be helpful for advanced users. If we tuck it away in the advanced prefs, it will be ignored by the casual user (no more bloat), and be accessible to the geeks who want it. I know it's not possible to have a UI pref for everything you can customize... this gives everything a semi-easily-accessible-ui.
Status: NEW → ASSIGNED
no this should really be an extension and not in the core UI IMHO.
mscott: in the past, about:config has come in handy for Firefox to allow people to immediately protect themselves from security issues (e.g. the shell: problem). If we get some measurements of bloat and it comes in small enough, would you consider including this (perhaps with a better accessor UI) on that sort of contingency basis? Gerv
If it's UI bloat: That's why I put it in advanced prefs. So that it's out of the casaual users way. I agree UI bloat is bad. But this is 1 button unleashing a gateway for an advanced user to tweek to their hearts content. As Gerv said, it's also a workaround for security issues should one arise. If it's codesize... I think it should be rather miminal. Especially considering the benefit. I know many people's complains about Thunderbird over SeaMonkey is that it "lost" the ability to do ____... when it's all there if you edit the prefs. This just makes it easy for them.
(In reply to comment #7) > Created an attachment (id=165374)  > Fixed typo, changed the path for pref-advanced.dtd > Is this patch ready for review? If so, you need to request one.
mscott shot this down in comment 4. Hoping he launches a rescue mission.
An extension that adds a toolbar button and a menu item is available at http://aboutconfig.mozdev.org/ - but of course, that does in now way indicate that it shouldn't be included in the default build. In fact, I'd prefer a button in the advanced prefs...
Summary: Add advanced pref via about:config → add UI to open about:config
Version: unspecified → Trunk
i changed my mind on this.
Assignee: robert → mscott
Status: ASSIGNED → NEW
I knew you'd come around. ;-)
am open to better wording suggestions. fix is in.
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Closed: 16 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
Target Milestone: --- → Thunderbird1.1
+<!ENTITY configEditDesc.label "&brandShortName;'s Configuration File"> I'd personally go with "Advanced Configuration" and put in small text near it "advanced users only" Is that another patch you merged in there? Looks like an aweful lot of files for adding viewconfig. :-/
I like "Advanced Configuration". What would you label the button as?
Either leave it as Config Editor... or some alternatives: Launch Editor... Configs... Personally I think 'Config Editor...' isn't bad. 'Launch Editor' is about the only other way to word it I can think of (and like).
ok let's leave it as is for now
With the Windows installer version for 0406, the window that opens when the "Config Editor" button is pressed has zero height and, on resizing, never refreshes any content that might be in it; the interior of the window is filled with images of the dragged border and bleed-thru from whatever's behind it.
i probably forgot to commit the packaging changes for release builds.
(In reply to comment #21) > i probably forgot to commit the packaging changes for release builds. Well, could you commit them, then?
Firefox's release notes call it the "Configuration Console" - I'd go with that.
This feature is working now in the Zip build of TB 1.0+0414 -- thanks, Scott!
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