I have been running on the older version of Thunderbird 68.12.0 for some time to wait for any extensions to be updated for the new coding standards. Yesterday, I got a m… (read more)
I have been running on the older version of Thunderbird 68.12.0 for some time to wait for any extensions to be updated for the new coding standards. Yesterday, I got a message internally to upgrade Thunderbird, and, without any warning, it updated me to 78.2.2. It says on the website that this upgrade will not be made until a version comes out that handles the changes needed for the upgrade. Sure enough, while my emails seemed to be fine, two extensions were disabled. I first tried to uninstall and go back to 68.12.0. However, the earlier version indicated my profile had been upgraded and could no longer be used by that older version. I went back to 78.2.2.
I believe I have dealt with the issues. The two extensions that were disabled were TbSync and the related Provider for CalDAV and CardDAV. Those both did have a new version online. I ended up having to delete both plugins, then install the new versions clean, and then re-setup each to sync to my Google account. For a while I seemed to lose all my calendar entries. However, after the clean install and complete new setup, they seem to be working again, and I got my calendar entries back. My extension Xpunge was not disabled, but it stopped working. It did not even appear anywhere to call (it was listed under Extensions). I found a newer version of that, also. I downloaded it, and it upgraded to the newer version. When I found the settings, I had to redo them, but now that seems to be working. Two other extensions I had seem to already be versions that are compatible. I have my extensions set to automatically upgrade when new versions are available. I assume they did not upgrade before because the newer version compatible with 78.* is not compatible with 68.
I think I am OK for now. I am just responding here to bring attention to the fact that upgrades are being made even though they are not supposed to be, and others will likely need to do a lot of manual work to get back to where they were. I recall an earlier upgrade to Firefox, I believe, that I did not make until a version was offered that did all the sorting out of extensions as part of the upgrade. That went very smoothly. I assume Thunderbird plans to create a similar version at some point. However, some setting must be off, so upgrades are being made with that support. If there is anything else I need to do to manually adapt for the upgrade to 78.*, please let me know.
Thanks. I really do appreciate having a good alternative email and calendar like Thunderbird.