Opened 4 years ago

Last modified 3 years ago

#12347 in-progress bug

[regression] What happened to the mailbox deskbar replicant?

Reported by: taos Owned by: axeld
Priority: normal Milestone: Unscheduled
Component: Preferences/E-mail Version: R1/Development
Keywords: Cc:
Blocked By: Blocking:
Has a Patch: no Platform: All

Description

E-mail preflet used to offer (until January this year, I think) an option to activate a deskbar replicant that informed you about new incoming mail (the mailbox icon changed from empty to full) and gave you a kind of shortcut to your mail folders, Mail application and queries (see https://www.haiku-os.org/docs/userguide/en/workshop-email.html). As long as this replicant was already sitting in your deskbar before the changes from January (or you copied pre-January mail settings with an activated replicant to a new Haiku installation) you wouldn't notice a difference after updating with pkgman because the replicant would work just as before. However, after a fresh install (with new mail settings) or after deleting the replicant, there seems no obvious way to activate the e-mail replicant again. The option seems to be gone from the E-mail preflet. The option to change the menu links (which used to be displayed by the e-mail replicant) is still there.

Change History (9)

comment:1 by taos, 4 years ago

As far as I remember, this option was called "Start mail services on startup" or "Start mail daemon on startup" (or similar) and was probably part of src/preferences/mail/ConfigWindow.cpp.

comment:2 by pulkomandy, 4 years ago

For me the replicant was added when I created an account. However later on I deleted the account and the replicant was not removed.

comment:3 by taos, 4 years ago

As far as I remember, the replicant could never be removed by deleting a mail account, but either by clearing the corresponding checkbox in E-mail preflet or by ctrl + shift + right-click on the mailbox icon in deskbar - or by deleting one of the mail settings files (can't remember which one). Adding a new mail account didn't trigger the creation of the replicant for me. Does this only work if there are no other mail accounts or if no previous settings files exist?

comment:4 by axeld, 4 years ago

The mail_daemon should (unlike before) only be started when there is a mail account. That it does not clear itself when the last one is removed is a bug.

I'll look into the other issues you mentioned.

comment:5 by axeld, 4 years ago

Owner: changed from bga to axeld
Status: newin-progress

comment:6 by taos, 4 years ago

Small update: I checked yesterday again with a fresh installation of hrev49500 x86_64 on a microSD card. No left-over accounts or setting files. I added a new pop3 account, however, nothing seemed to happen, no popping up of a mailbox icon in deskbar. I removed the account, added a new imap account, no change in deskbar. I removed the account again, closed E-mail preflet. By accident, I right-clicked on the empty part of the deskbar (there were only 2 replicants - network and process controller by default) and - I couldn't believe it - was greeted with the context menu of the mail replicant. But there is no visible indication of the replicant icon. On my other installations, I cannot reproduce this behaviour (might be due to lack of empty space to click in deskbar as it is usually cluttered with a number of other replicants (battery, volume, etc)).

comment:7 by axeld, 4 years ago

With hrev50079, the mail_daemon should be quit (and removed) when there are no configured accounts left. Is there any other reason to keep this ticket open? A suddenly invisible mail_daemon doesn't really sound like a mail_daemon issue.

comment:8 by taos, 4 years ago

I don't know. Should I open new tickets for: a) an invisible but fully functional replicant (it still works on versions > hrev50095, as long as there's enough room in deskbar you can hit it, see comment:6) b) removing a replicant by accident with no known way to create a new visible one without removing all mail accounts (FYI, so far I didn't test if the invisible replicant is actually removed after deleting the last account - I can live with an invisible one as long as it still works, I'm only missing the visual indicator for "You have new mail")?

in reply to:  8 comment:9 by taos, 3 years ago

Replying to taos:

I don't know. Should I open new tickets for: a) an invisible but fully functional replicant (it still works on versions > hrev50095, as long as there's enough room in deskbar you can hit it, see comment:6)

kallisti5 opened a ticket for this (#12792).

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