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How to prevent auto-upgrade from v68-->v78?

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Post Posted September 15th, 2020, 12:52 am

I have currently installed TB v68.12.0

When I go to menu

Help---->About

then the newest v78 Thunderbird is AUTOMATICALLY downloaded and installed.

How can I prevent this enforced update?
I want to stick at v68 (for the next time).

When I go to menu

Help---->About

then simply the current version should be displayed and nothing more.
A notification that v78 is available - with no further action - is acceptable

Thomas

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Post Posted September 15th, 2020, 4:12 am

When I go to menu

Help---->About

Don't do that. When you use that menu path you trigger the update, as you have seen. If all you want to do is confirm the current installed version, use menu path Help->Troubleshooting Information->Version.

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Post Posted September 15th, 2020, 5:46 am

This is NOT the only update trigger!

When I go to Options-->Advanced-->General

section then open the Config Editor and change an entry (e.g. mail.tabs.drawInTitlebar to false)

then the Update is enforced as well.

I think this is a bug

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Post Posted September 15th, 2020, 5:54 am

It may be a bug but how does that help you avoid having it update?

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Post Posted September 15th, 2020, 6:04 am

Yes, thats the question.

I could think of a temporary workaround:
I guess Thunderbird contacts in certain situations a home server for updates.

e.g. http://updates.thunderbird.mozilla.org

Is it possible to block this (and possibly other, related servers/URLs) in host file (of Windows)?

Which home server domains are contacted in detail?

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Post Posted September 15th, 2020, 6:09 am

You could try deleting the Thunderbird Maintenance Service -- https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/wh ... ce-service

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Post Posted September 15th, 2020, 7:05 am

Thank you for hint.

However there is bug as well.

In step 4 of the section for disabling the Maintenance service it is written:

Uncheck the box next to Use a background service to install updates.

BUT: There is no such checkbox.

Even worse: The auto-update is starting immediately.......since Automatically install updates radio button was active.

Luckily I have performed a full backup of my good old v68 TB installation......

I had do disconnect my computer temporarily from Internet to fix this.

Hopefully the TB v78 has better quality than TBs Update procedure and maintenance doc web pages......

Thomas

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Post Posted September 15th, 2020, 12:50 pm

My copy of 78.2.2 has a checkbox for "Use a background service to install updates" in tools -> options, at the bottom of the Updates section. My copy of 68.12.0 has it in tools -> options -> advanced -> update

Its a shame the developers are fixated on having people automatically update to the latest version because a checkbox for "Only do minor updates" would be very useful.

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