Closed Bug 600569 Opened 9 years ago Closed 9 years ago

Version string in "About" window should show build date for "pre" versions


(Firefox :: General, defect, minor)

Not set



Firefox 4.0b8


(Reporter: jk1700, Assigned: Gavin)




(2 files)

User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:2.0b7pre) Gecko/20100928 Firefox/4.0b7pre
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:2.0b7pre) Gecko/20100928 Firefox/4.0b7pre

Every milestone Firefox is same (all 3.6 are same, all 4.0b5 are same) but it doesn't apply to "pre" versions - two 4.0b7pre builds can be different

Reproducible: Always
Blocks: 579547
Version: unspecified → Trunk
No longer blocks: 579547
The build ID in about:support can tell you that information. I agree that a build date would be nice, but adding a date string to the about window proved to be problematic, so it was removed in bug 596905.
Depends on: 598367
Ever confirmed: true
I don't think that it should be in "human readable" format - it's ONLY FOR PRE
RELEASES so it's rather not for typical users and just "yyyymmdd" for everybody
would be enough. Is it still a problem?
Anyway, "won't fix" is not a problem for me, but please consider my comment #3
in bug 598169
I agree, this would be very useful for nightly users, and wouldn't burden release users any.
Attached patch patchSplinter Review
This includes the build date in the about dialog if the build's version contains "pre". Some Linux distros might ship "release" builds this way, but we won't (our build automation doesn't let that happen), so this should only impact a minority of users (who are most likely to care about build IDs).
Assignee: nobody →
Attachment #494324 - Flags: ui-review?(limi)
Attachment #494324 - Flags: review?(dolske)
Attached image screenshot
Attachment #494324 - Flags: review?(dolske) → review+
Comment on attachment 494324 [details] [diff] [review]

Yes, please. :)
Attachment #494324 - Flags: ui-review?(limi) → ui-review+
Attachment #494324 - Flags: approval2.0+
Closed: 9 years ago
Flags: in-testsuite-
Resolution: --- → FIXED
Target Milestone: --- → Firefox 4.0b8
That's good for those that stick to just nightly builds, but the ones of us nut-cases that also use/run several hourly maybe in one day, it does not provide much info.  The addition of the current cset would have been nice if you going to the trouble to display the date.
(In reply to comment #1)
> The build ID in about:support can tell you that information.

I don't think so.
bug 601946
Blocks: 649444
No longer blocks: 649444
Blocks: 649678
Depends on: 682741
Blocks: 589444
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