A Thunderbird extension for the archives

I repeatedly find myself wanting to reference an email in the PostgreSQL mailinglist archives either in a different email or in an IM or IRC conversation. The usual two methods for this have been to either look up the messageid from view-source in Thunderbird, or to go find the message by fulltext search either on our archives or one of the other big sites. I got tired of that, and decided it was good time to make my first try ever at writing a Thunderbird extension. It wasn't particularly hard, though finding the level of newbie documentation I required proved to be a bit of a challenge.

The current version is hardcoded to run on Unix - it does require an /etc/alternatives/x-www-browser. That just means there is room for improvement :-)

Here's a screenshot of how to use it:

http://www.smugmug.com/photos/432794002_w2JdG-X3.jpg border="2"

Should be fairly obvious what to do...

You can get the extension itself at http://www.hagander.net/extensions/


Comments

Err *full stop* This blog belongs to Magnus and he is coding unix stuff? How come? ;-)

Posted on Dec 9, 2008 at 09:23 by Andreas 'ads' Scherbaum.

WTF! Of course I am...

Posted on Dec 9, 2008 at 09:25 by Magnus.

Excellent, this is a really great extension. Thanks a lot :)

Posted on Dec 11, 2008 at 15:22 by Guillaume Lelarge.