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No address books are listed after deleting one address book

UNCONFIRMED
Unassigned

Status

Thunderbird
Address Book
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major
UNCONFIRMED
5 years ago
a year ago

People

(Reporter: Twisted Lucidity, Unassigned, NeedInfo)

Tracking

({dataloss})

17 Branch
x86_64
Linux
dataloss

Firefox Tracking Flags

(Not tracked)

Details

(Reporter)

Description

5 years ago
User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Ubuntu; Linux x86_64; rv:18.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/18.0
Build ID: 20130117041608

Steps to reproduce:

I was cleaning up my contacts and wanted to delete all the contacts under "Personal".  Thunderbird would not allow this (no error message or anything; the contacts would simply not delete).

I then tried to delete the "Personal" address book.


Actual results:

There was a warnming message about Thunderbird not being able to delete this because it was an "Evolution" book or something (I don't use Evolution) and that it would still be present if I reopened Thunderbird.

I did and now I am totally unable to work with any contact information as the "Tools/Address Book" "Directory Pane" is always blank.

I see this error in the jsconsole:
Timestamp: 02/02/13 18:45:20
Error: NS_ERROR_NOT_INITIALIZED: 'Component not initialized' when calling method: [nsIAbDirectory::childNodes]
Source File: chrome://messenger/content/addressbook/abTrees.js
Line: 44


Expected results:

I should have been able to delete the contacts.

I should have been able to delete the "Personal" address book.

I should be able to see all my address books listed in the "Directory Pane".

What I want to do now is recover the ability to work with contacts.  I don't mind if I have to erase all contact information (I have back-ups of that in LDIF files) but I really need to get "Tools/Address Book" working again.
(Reporter)

Comment 1

5 years ago
The bug still stands, but a way to resolve it is to delete "directoryTree.json" from within the profile.  This get "Tools/Address Book" working again.
Component: Untriaged → Address Book
Severity: normal → critical
Keywords: dataloss
Is it still possible to delete PAB these days?  I don't think so. FOr me, delete is greyed out.
Severity: critical → major
Flags: needinfo?(acelists)

Comment 3

a year ago
Yes, it seems Personal addressbook can't be deleted today. But I do not see it would be a recent change. We would need to hear the exact message that TB produced as there are multiple warnings when deleting and addressbook (from the types that can be deleted).
Flags: needinfo?(acelists) → needinfo?(lucidlytwisted)
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