We’ve just added silent and background update to Thunderbird. This means that on Vista/7 the update won’t prompt the UAC asking if you want to update.( see bug 758326 for details).
This also means that we need to make sure it works and that’s where we need you.
Standard8 has all the details at :
From today’s Daily builds, we will be enabling the maintenance service that Firefox has. This is the background service that is used to avoid the UAC prompt on Windows*. We have in place the same structure as Firefox, and the majority of the code is directly re-used.
We’ve tested this the best we can, and we don’t expect any issues with updates. However, I will be triggering an additional set of Windows nightly builds a few hours after the normal builds to confirm the updates are working correctly.
If you do see any issues, please file them in the “Installer” component under “Thunderbird”, and we’ll triage them to toolkit if necessary.
Tomorrow, I plan to be enabling background updates. These will be available to all platforms, and mean that when updating Thunderbird will download the update, apply the update to a copy of the app directory, and on restart move that copy into place, thus avoiding the delay of installation during the restart.
Assuming all goes well, these will be released in TB 17 at the latest, but we may consider pushing one or both of them forward to TB 16 - we need to see how reports go over the weekend.
Note that in both of these changes, you won’t see the effect of the change until you upgrade to the nightly after receiving the first nightly including the fix (hence the additional nightly today).
* The background service is only used on Windows, and currently only applies to Windows 32 bit builds. Users of the testing-only 64 bit nightlies will have to wait until Firefox implements the fully functionality there.
So we’ll need some of you to use trunk build for a while and report update issues if you spot any. Testing should be fairly simple, run Thunderbird nightly and wait for update and see if