news://host/article will add server if not already configured



MailNews Core
18 years ago
5 years ago


(Reporter: laurel, Unassigned)


(Blocks: 1 bug)

Thunderbird 3.0rc1
Bug Flags:
wanted-thunderbird3 +

Firefox Tracking Flags

(Not tracked)




18 years ago
Using 2000-05-31-08 commercial build

found while verifying bug #37464

When following a link (from browser or mail window) to a news article, seamonkey
will add the news server if it isn't already configured.

1.  Follow a link from the browser or mail window to a news message article for
which you don't have that server added. For instance, in a profile which doesn't
have added, follow this link:    

Result:  The message will display in a new window, but the news server will be
added to your accounts.

Expected:  The message should display in a standalone window without adding the
news server.


18 years ago
QA Contact: lchiang → laurel

Comment 1

18 years ago
It should be noted that Netscape 4.x also does this. It would be nice to get 
this fixed at some point.
yes, this would be nice.  

but since this bug exists in 4.x, I'm ok with shipping 6.0 with the same bug.

not worth the effort to fix this.

marking TM future.
Target Milestone: --- → Future
moving to m30, instead of future.
Target Milestone: Future → M30

Comment 4

18 years ago
moving to future milestone.
Target Milestone: M30 → Future

Comment 5

15 years ago
*** Bug 121997 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***


15 years ago
Blocks: 108948

Comment 6

15 years ago
*** Bug 213124 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Product: MailNews → Core

Comment 7

12 years ago
*** Bug 331138 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 8

11 years ago
If no server is included, e.g. <news:4675b479$0$6396$>, the account-wizard wants to create an account with name "news" the next time you start SeaMonkey (when clicking no feedback action is invoked). This account is created, although you cancel the account-wizard.

Additionally the lack of a feedback action misleads many users to click repeatedly which leads to repeatedly created accounts on every start. Even if the account is deleted during one session another account will be created after next start. This is reiterated as the above mentioned number of clicks is reached.
sorry for the spam.  making bugzilla reflect reality as I'm not working on these bugs.  filter on FOOBARCHEESE to remove these in bulk.
Assignee: sspitzer → nobody


10 years ago
Priority: P3 → --
QA Contact: laurel → backend
Target Milestone: Future → ---


10 years ago
Flags: wanted-thunderbird3?
This is truly a nasty user-experience.  Seeing this for tb3 would be a fine thing.
Flags: wanted-thunderbird3? → wanted-thunderbird3+


9 years ago
Product: Core → MailNews Core


9 years ago
Priority: -- → P3
Target Milestone: --- → Thunderbird 3.0rc1


9 years ago
Duplicate of this bug: 456030

Comment 12

8 years ago
Dan, I agree. I am surprised this hasn't been updated for almost 15 months. :(

Comment 13

6 years ago
Does this still happen in recent Thunderbird?
Almost certainly. It's pretty difficult in the current architecture to do stuff without having a server instance loaded into the accounts.

Comment 15

5 years ago
Why TB can't use the current server to search for that message, if not found, then add the new server?
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