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Grant Waite
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Is it ok to use Thunderbird 3.x built-in auto update?

I see (from forum) that there were issues with Thunderbird 2.x auto update.

So, I am wondering if it is ok to use Thunderbird 3.x built-in auto update?

Or should I always wait for PAF version?

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Grant

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Short Answer...

Always wait. It will break things if you use the built-in updater. The lastest beta of the Portable Apps Menu contains an built-in PA.c updater to let you know when new portable versions are available for update.

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Darkbee... or anybody else

Darkbee... or anybody else who knows.

Darkbee says:
"Don't use built-in updater, it will break things. Always wait for paf"

A friend of mine used the built-in updater from 3.1.11 to 6.02.
Everything seems to work fine. The portable version starts OK.
But is there any changes made in registry and/or windows profile directory?

What exactly is or could be broken? I'm confused...

Me? I'm using paf when updating but I forgot to tell my friend to do the same.
Why is there an option to auto update inside Portable Thunderbird in the first
place if it's not recomended?

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update

First let me say that I wouldnt go as far as to say it WILL break thing but it MIGHT break things. Especially with a big version change (3 to 6), additional bits inside Thunderbird might have been added that need special/more work for the launcher so the launcher has to get updated.

I dont think anyone has hunted down all the launcher changes from version to version and documented them somewhere. So no one know what is or could be broken.

The build-in update option is there because it is in Thunderbird itsself. As we dont change the actual app (all the Thunderbird executables and files are unchanged), we cannot turn of or remove the built-in updater.

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Simeon. Thanks for your

Simeon.
Thanks for your respons. Smile

The last part in your respons was expected. I/We just has to accept that fact.
A recomendation would just be to turn that option OFF when installing to
friends without "built-in computer knowledge".. if you know what I mean?

And as long the mail isn't broken I suppose no harm is done.

The portable version seems to startup and running OK so it seems that the new
Thunderbird version has installed itself to the correct directory:
\PortableApps\Thunderbird\App\Thunderbird

So... securing the maildata in \PortableApps\Thunderbird\Data and then
install the 6.02 using PAF install version will set things up correctly.
The only thing to check (and remove) would be for unwanted stuff inside
the registry and the Windows user profile... I guess.

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The license agreement with

The license agreement with mozilla doesnt allow us to change that option. There are lots of discussions about this here in the forums and they unfortunately all end with the same reason.

Yes. Normally backing up the profile before an update isnt necessary but recommended as it is safer. Smile

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Wise men

You are a wise man Simeon. Smile

I always make a copy of existing portable apps before upgrading.
And it pays off....

I just upgraded Thunderbird to 6.02.
The first notice I get is that the Enigmail addon is out-of-date.
So I downloaded the new one... 1.32... at least so I thought.
But I found out really quick that the Enigmail 1.32 download is corrupt.
Instead of 3.2Mb you just get about 0.5Mb....

http://enigmail.mozdev.org/home/index.php.html

So after a quick swicth I will keep on using my TB 3.1.15

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