something changed

It would appear that an annoying RMD issue has been introduced in some of the recent versions of both Firefox and Thunderbird. Ironically, it doesn’t seem to affect Bon Echo (which I’ve been using almost exclusively since first giving it a go). Thanks to some eagle eyed RMD users for pointing it out in the comments section and via email.

What’s up?:
The Domain Name Mismatch dialog is very quickly appearing when a mismatch is “remembered”. Actually, it seems to be appearing twice:

domain name mismatch... x2
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I was pretty suprised to get that screengrab. (I put it down to the fact that I’d just had a coffee so my reflexes were a-buzzin’).

Hey, I’ve seen that!:
Some quick testing seems to indicate that it began with version of both Firefox and Thunderbird. Thunderbird 2 alpha 1 is also affected while strangely enough Firefox Alpha 1 (Bon Echo) isn’t.

So… What’s up, doc?:
To be honest, I’m not exactly sure. The way RMD does it’s business is by overlaying the domain name mismatch dialog window and automatically okaying the mismatch for those mismatches it’s been convinced to “remember”. The extension adds this logic to the ‘onload‘ event for the dialog. For whatever reason, it seems that (atleast) the dialog’s chrome is being displayed prior to RMD kicking in.

Hey Andrew, rant already:
Look, RMD is nearly a year old. Plus it’s a ummm…, “workaround“. I think the large group of folks who are using RMD have demonstrated that we can use such functionality without hurting ourselves, so perhaps those who feel they’re protecting we ‘mortals’ could think about helping us as well. If Scott MacGregor and his collaborators are worried about treading on my RMD toes they needn’t be. Crickey, if Scott can help a hack like me hook up nsIBadCertListener in Thunderbird then maybe we don’t need his extension writers ;-) Fat chance, I’ll probably end up trying to workaround this one too.

5 Responses

  1. Kees says:

    August 21, 2006 at 5:59 pm

    I am experiencing exactly this problem in Thunderbird, it is a little irritating as it causes one or two keystrokes to be missed when typing an email and this window pops up. Are you looking into this? Is there a way to avoid it, or do I just have to live with it? It is still better than having to click a button everytime my email box is checked. (I connect to my pop server through an ssh tunnel (long story), so have to connect to instead of the actual server, hence mismatched domain.)

  2. andrew says:

    August 21, 2006 at 6:42 pm

    Hi Kees,

    The good news is that I have a rewritten version of RMD that seems to work fine it Firefox. Unfortunately getting it working in Thunderbird is proving more difficult.

    I feel your pain and haven’t given up yet…


  3. popster says:

    August 24, 2006 at 5:29 pm

    Please do continue your efforts to fix this problem in the latest Thunderbird. RMD saves so much aggravation!

  4. Sad at 2.0 says:

    December 14, 2006 at 11:44 am

    Yes, please keep on. I want RMD, but FF2.0 and TB1.5.0.8 won’t cooperate.

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