Allow to open *.msg files like *.eml files

NEW
Unassigned

Status

Thunderbird
General
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minor
12 years ago
10 years ago

People

(Reporter: Mike, Unassigned)

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(Depends on: 1 bug)

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(Not tracked)

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(1 attachment, 1 obsolete attachment)

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(Reporter)

Description

12 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.1b1) Gecko/20060707 Firefox/2.0b1
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.1b1) Gecko/20060707 Firefox/2.0b1

Allow to open *.msg files like *.eml files, when clicking on file from Windows Explorer.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Register MSG file extension to open with Thunderbird
2. Click on MSG file in Windows Explorer
Actual Results:  
Only Thunderbird main window opens.

Expected Results:  
Open window with contents of MSG file, like for EML file

Some mail clients save messages with MSG extension instead of EML.

Comment 1

12 years ago
Confirming.
I suppose the only difference is the file extension?
Status: UNCONFIRMED → NEW
Ever confirmed: true
OS: Windows XP → All
Hardware: PC → All
(Reporter)

Comment 2

12 years ago
(In reply to comment #1)
> I suppose the only difference is the file extension?
Yes. Comforming to RFC 822, AFAIK.

Comment 3

12 years ago
if you attach an example, we can easily tell for sure.

Comment 4

12 years ago
Mike: do you have a sample *.msg you can attach to this bug?
(Reporter)

Comment 5

12 years ago
Created attachment 237141 [details]
Sample MSG file

Well, this can be any file saved as EML and then renamed to MSG. It must conform to RFC, 822 AFAIK.

Comment 6

12 years ago
I have a related, but slightly different problem.  I am receiving messages with .msg files attached. . .when i open them in TB, it opens a blank message window.  The same thing happens if I save a TB message to a file, then change the extension to .msg and email it to myself.  I also have trouble saving the other .msg files from TB so I can at least view it in a text editor. . .it prompts for the filename dialog, but no file ever is created (I am not sure if that happens with all .msg files).
(Reporter)

Comment 7

12 years ago
(In reply to comment #6)
Do you mean "TB" as "TheBAT!" mail client?

Comment 8

12 years ago
No, TB as in ThunderBird

Comment 9

12 years ago
AFAIK, there is also a .msg format by outlook that is proprietary and thus totally different from the MIME standard found in the .eml files.

See also http://issues.apache.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=35517

Comment 10

12 years ago
Yes, I think there might be some other formats with .msg files, but the files I am received as forwarded attachments are just plain formatted email messages attachments. . .I can edit as new and send to myself, then I can open them (since .eml is appended to the end of the attachment)

Comment 11

12 years ago
(In reply to comment #9)
> AFAIK, there is also a .msg format by outlook that is proprietary and thus
> totally different from the MIME standard found in the .eml files.

That's true -- but OE also saves messages as .EML files with a proprietary format.  Extension conflicts are a way of life under Windows.

Comment 12

12 years ago
Created attachment 240811 [details] [diff] [review]
proposed fix

I think Mike has got a point there - some *.msg files will open, others wont. If the user chooses to open the *.msg file using thunderbird we should at least try.
Assignee: mscott → mkmelin+mozilla
Status: NEW → ASSIGNED
Attachment #240811 - Flags: superreview?(bienvenu)
Attachment #240811 - Flags: review?(bienvenu)

Comment 13

10 years ago
Comment on attachment 240811 [details] [diff] [review]
proposed fix

Cancelling this, had second thoughts on this. 

Perhaps the right thing to do is to show a confirm dialog "The file <filename> doesn't appear to be a message file. Are you sure you want to open it?"? Would also fix the more general bug 394823.
Attachment #240811 - Attachment is obsolete: true
Attachment #240811 - Flags: superreview?(bienvenu)
Attachment #240811 - Flags: review?(bienvenu)

Comment 14

10 years ago
->defaults
Assignee: mkmelin+mozilla → nobody
Status: ASSIGNED → NEW

Updated

10 years ago
Depends on: 394823
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