[Enigmail] Enigmail alert disables Thunderbird menu icon

Patrick Brunschwig patrick at enigmail.net
Fri Mar 13 08:25:59 CET 2015


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On 12.03.15 18:40, Philip Jackson wrote:
> I receive a signed message from a friend and it has a pink Enigmail
> header that the signature verification has failed.  I am curious as
> to which key he used so I click 'Details' and the Enigmail Alert
> box is displayed and shows me the public key ID used to sign the
> message.
> 
> I can't recall his key id from my head so I try to open enigmail's
> key manager by clicking on the Thunderbird menu icon while leaving
> the enigmail alert message displayed on the side for reference.
> The Thunderbird menu icon is disabled while the enigmail alert is
> displayed.
> 
> I can get to the key manager by selecting Enigmail/key management
> from the Thunderbird menu bar  which I normally don't have
> displayed because I use the toolbar icon instead.
> 
> It looks like the Thunderbird Menu bar behaves independently of the
> Thunderbird menu icon on the toolbar although they provide
> equivalent functionality. Generally, using the toolbar icon allows
> to save some vertical real estate on the display so it would be
> nice if the enigmail alert didn't disable this icon.

Alerts are always modal. A modal window block the underlying window.
What you can do with a modal window and how the OS handles windows
depends on the OS; as I don't know your OS, I can't say more than that.

- -Patrick


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