[Enigmail] spontaneous change of message status

Patrick Brunschwig patrick at enigmail.net
Fri Mar 13 17:16:22 CET 2015


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On 13.03.15 15:45, Philip Jackson wrote:
>>> For this spontaneous change to occur, one needs these factors
>>> to exist :
>> 
>>> 1. the 'To' field is in red type (with a red cursor) 2. the
>>> 'To' field must be completed and not left blank 3. the
>>> spontaneous change in message status occurs around five or six
>>> minutes into the creation of the email - the body can be blank
>>> or partly filled.
>> 
>> Could it be triggered by auto-saving a draft message?
> 
> Thanks Patrick - you're spot on !  After all the years of using it,
> I didn't even know Thunderbird did periodic backups.  I've never
> seen a backup directory in the file system nor in the profiles.
> However, it was doing a backup every 5 minutes.
> 
> I was rather inexact in the original description above.  Only the
> different check box is ticked.  The change in the displayed message
> status and the icons on the enigmail toolbar doesn't happen until I
> click 'ok'.
> 
>>> What I don't understand is why sometimes I get a red cursor/
>>> text in the 'To' field and sometimes black.  I can provoke a
>>> red address field entry by making any address incomplete but my
>>> address for enigmail-users seems correct and complete.
>> 
>> That's Thunderbird behavior - nothing Enigmail influences and
>> nothing Enigmail could do to improve it.
> 
> True.  But I still don't understand why sometimes Thunderbird
> considers the To address broken.  The emails always arrive at
> destination ok.  And it is not consistent for any given address.
> 
>>> But I do consider that a spontaneous change to established
>>> message conditions should not occur.
>> 
>> Agreed
> 
> The change induced by Thunderbird seems to be one way only : sign
> -> encrypt. It doesn't reverse itself back to 'sign only' after a
> further backup period. But if you reset to 'sign only', after
> another backup period, it flips again to encrypt.

I'm trying to reproduce it, but so far didn't succeed. What are your
account settings and other rules when this happens?

- -Patrick
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