Issue #2032

Replicant infrastructure - Issue #2031: Host our own contact address to be able to add new people in it

Make thunderbird work with our contact address

Added by Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli about 1 month ago. Updated 10 days ago.

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add-mail-1.png (19.5 KB) add-mail-1.png add mail step 1 dl lud, 06/18/2020 10:40 AM
add-mail-2.png (39.5 KB) add-mail-2.png add mail step 2 dl lud, 06/18/2020 11:32 AM
server-settings.png (107 KB) server-settings.png server settings dl lud, 06/18/2020 11:35 AM



Updated by Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli about 1 month ago

Thunderbird currently doens't support this mail setup.

There is a bug report about it on the Mozilla Bugzilla.

The status right now is to wait for comments, and if we don't get any on that we could try to implement the feature and then see if we have more comments once it's done.

If it's not possible to fix upstream then it could become complicated:
  • Having FSDG compliant distributions maintain one more patch for that feature would probably not be a good idea. However if we manage to get the patches in many distributions, upstream would probably have some interest in supporting such feature.
  • We could also implement relaying the mails to the users existing mail address, hoping that the system cannot be abused to send arbitrary mails to other addresses. GNUtoo never did that so he's not confident in doing that in a production system. Having the system being abused due to lax security is probably not an option as it could result in major inconvenience for both the FSF and the organization(s) kindly giving them the IP addresses and the network.
  • We could also change mail server, assuming that someone else than GNUtoo shows up to do the job.
  • We could also try to migrate to Trisquel 9 along the way to run a more up to date mail server

Updated by Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli about 1 month ago

  • Estimated time set to 2031.00 h

Updated by Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli about 1 month ago

  • Estimated time deleted (2031.00 h)
  • Parent task set to #2031
  • Hosting infrastructure Redmine instance @ OSUOSL added
  • Hosting infrastructure deleted (VM @ FSF)

Updated by Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli about 1 month ago

  • Hosting infrastructure Upstream projects added
  • Hosting infrastructure deleted (Redmine instance @ OSUOSL)

Updated by Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli about 1 month ago

  • Subject changed from Make thunderbird with our contact address to Make thunderbird work with our contact address

Updated by Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli about 1 month ago

  • Category set to Patch upstreaming
  • Hosting infrastructure VM @ FSF added
  • Hosting infrastructure deleted (Upstream projects)

Updated by Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli 26 days ago

  • Project changed from Replicant infrastructure to Upstreaming patches
  • Category deleted (Patch upstreaming)
  • Hosting infrastructure deleted (VM @ FSF)

Updated by Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli 26 days ago

  • Category set to Thunderbird
  • Upstream patch status set to Work not started

Updated by dl lud 20 days ago

Here's a workaround.

  1. In the Add Mail Account wizard input your name, Replicant email address and password:
    add mail step 1
  2. Click Manual config.
  3. Fill out the server info like this:
    Incoming: IMAP 143 STARTTLS Normal password
    Outgoing: SMTP 25 STARTTLS Normal password
    add mail step 2
    Yes, STARTTLS is not the correct SSL method for Replicant email servers. Unfortunately this wizard does not allow choosing port 143 in combination with the SSL/TLS method. We'll change this later.
    Also, the STMP server does not exist, as Replicant does not allow sending email through their servers. But you must proceed like this, as Thunderbird requires one SMTP server for each account.
  4. Click Advanced config. A new account will be created. You should be able to see it in the Account Settings.
  5. Restart Thunderbird.
  6. Open again the Account Settings. In the Server Settings for this new account select SSL/TLS in the Connection security.
  7. Thunderbird will change the port to 993. Click on it and set to 143. Click OK.
    server settings
  8. Restart Thunderbird.
  9. Upon restart Thunderbird should be able to fetch your emails. You can double check if port 143 is still configured in the Server Settings.

Updated by Kurtis Hanna 10 days ago

I can confirm that David's workaround worked for me successfully. When I logged in I had two emails in my inbox from Denis.

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