Mozilla Calendar/Lightning for Thunderbird (global)

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Lightning is a calendar extension for Mozilla Thunderbird available from http://www.mozilla.org/projects/calendar/lightning/.

For information on installing Thunderbird extensions see also Thunderbird#Silent_installation_of_Thunderbird_extensions.

WPKG Installer[edit]

Lightning 1.0 Beta 2 for Thunderbird 3.1[edit]

Lightning 1.0 Beta 2 is only compatible with Thunderbird 3.1.

Note: -install-global-extension and -install-global-theme have been removed from Thunderbird 3 / Gecko 1.9.2 and upwards. The way to install Lightning as a global extension is to use xcopy:

<install cmd='cmd /C xcopy /Q /I /E /Y "%SOFTWARE%\thunderbird\extensions\{e2fda1a4-762b-4020-b5ad-a41df1933103}" "%PROGRAMFILES%\Mozilla Thunderbird\extensions\{e2fda1a4-762b-4020-b5ad-a41df1933103}"' />
 
<upgrade cmd='cmd /C xcopy /Q /I /E /Y "%SOFTWARE%\thunderbird\extensions\{e2fda1a4-762b-4020-b5ad-a41df1933103}" "%PROGRAMFILES%\Mozilla Thunderbird\extensions\{e2fda1a4-762b-4020-b5ad-a41df1933103}"' />

The XPI file must reside on a local disk or on a network share (drive letter), it can't be installed from a UNC path with xcopy.

If you are using Windows 7/2008 and want to install from a UNC path, robocopy is your tool of choiche:

<install cmd='cmd /c robocopy "%SOFTWARE%\thunderbird\extensions\{e2fda1a4-762b-4020-b5ad-a41df1933103}" "%PROGRAMFILES%\Mozilla Thunderbird\extensions\{e2fda1a4-762b-4020-b5ad-a41df1933103}" *.* /e'>
   <exit code="0" />
   <exit code="1" />
   <exit code="2" />
   <exit code="3" />
</install>

<upgrade cmd='cmd /c robocopy "%SOFTWARE%\thunderbird\extensions\{e2fda1a4-762b-4020-b5ad-a41df1933103}" "%PROGRAMFILES%\Mozilla Thunderbird\extensions\{e2fda1a4-762b-4020-b5ad-a41df1933103}" *.* /e'>
   <exit code="0" />
   <exit code="1" />
   <exit code="2" />
   <exit code="3" />
</upgrade>

<remove cmd='cmd /c rmdir /s /q "%PROGRAMFILES%\Mozilla Thunderbird\extensions\{e2fda1a4-762b-4020-b5ad-a41df1933103}"' />

Lightning 1.0 Beta 1 for Thunderbird 3.0[edit]

Lightning 1.0 Beta 1 is only compatible with Thunderbird 3.0.

Note: -install-global-extension and -install-global-theme have been removed from Thunderbird 3 / Gecko 1.9.2 and upwards. The way to install Lightning as a global extension is to use xcopy:

<install cmd='cmd /C xcopy /Q /I /E /Y "%SOFTWARE%\thunderbird\extensions\{e2fda1a4-762b-4020-b5ad-a41df1933103}" "%PROGRAMFILES%\Mozilla Thunderbird\extensions\{e2fda1a4-762b-4020-b5ad-a41df1933103}"' />
 
<upgrade cmd='cmd /C xcopy /Q /I /E /Y "%SOFTWARE%\thunderbird\extensions\{e2fda1a4-762b-4020-b5ad-a41df1933103}" "%PROGRAMFILES%\Mozilla Thunderbird\extensions\{e2fda1a4-762b-4020-b5ad-a41df1933103}"' />

The XPI file must reside on a local disk or on a network share (drive letter), it can't be installed from a UNC path.


Lightning 0.9 for Thunderbird 2[edit]

<package id="lightning" name="Mozilla Lightning" revision="1" reboot="false" priority="1" timeout="100">
 <depends package-id="thunderbird"/>
 <check type="file" condition="exists" path="%PROGRAMFILES%\Mozilla Thunderbird\extensions\{e2fda1a4-762b-4020-b5ad-a41df1933103}\install.rdf" />

 <install cmd='%comspec% /c copy "%SOFTWARE%\Thunderbird\lightning-0.9-tb-win.xpi" %TEMP%' />
 <install cmd='"%PROGRAMFILES%\Mozilla Thunderbird\thunderbird.exe" -install-global-extension "%TEMP%\lightning-0.9-tb-win.xpi"' />
 <install cmd='%comspec% /c del "%TEMP%lightning-0.9-tb-win.xpi"' />

 <upgrade cmd='%comspec% /c copy "%SOFTWARE%\Thunderbird\lightning-0.9-tb-win.xpi" %TEMP%' />
 <upgrade cmd='"%PROGRAMFILES%\Mozilla Thunderbird\thunderbird.exe" -install-global-extension "%TEMP%\lightning-0.9-tb-win.xpi"' />
 <upgrade cmd='%comspec% /c del "%TEMP%lightning-0.9-tb-win.xpi"' />

 <remove cmd='%comspec% /c del /S /Q "%PROGRAMFILES%\Mozilla Thunderbird\extensions\{e2fda1a4-762b-4020-b5ad-a41df1933103}" > nul'/>
</package>

Since Firefox 2.0.0.7, the XPI file must reside on a local disk or on a network share (drive letter), it can't be installed from a UNC path.


Don't Import Anything[edit]

The first time Thunderbird is run as a particular user - including the Local System account - we get to see the useless "Don't Import Anything" dialog, which causes the lightning install via "-install-global-extension" to fail. We can work around this as follows:

  <install cmd='%comspec% /c copy "%SOFTWARE%\thunderbird\lightning-0.9-tb-win.xpi" %TEMP%' />
  <install timeout="10" cmd='"%PROGRAMFILES%\Mozilla Thunderbird\thunderbird.exe" -install-global-extension "%TEMP%\lightning-0.9-tb-win.xpi"' />
  <install cmd='ping 127.0.0.1 -n 10>NUL' />
  <install cmd='pskill /accepteula thunderbird.exe' >
   <exit code="0" />
   <exit code="-1" />
  </install>
  <install  cmd='"%PROGRAMFILES%\Mozilla Thunderbird\thunderbird.exe" -install-global-extension "%TEMP%\lightning-0.9-tb-win.xpi"' />
  <install cmd='%comspec% /c del "%TEMP%\lightning-0.9-tb-win.xpi"' />

Removing an extension[edit]

To remove an extension, just remove the whole %PROGRAMFILES%\Mozilla Thunderbird\extensions\{e2fda1a4-762b-4020-b5ad-a41df1933103} directory.


Installing X.509 certificates[edit]

With Mozilla's Network Security Services (NSS) it is also possible to install certificates from the command line. I am not sure if it fits in here since these are not managed per-machine but per-user (or per-profile). See my batch script.