Thunderbird and Lightning .8

I saw that Lightning .8, a calendar extension for thunderbird, had been released and my heart jumped.  Had they fixed the memory leak that forced me to abandon it in version .7?

I used to use Lightning for my google calendar in versions before .7…

When .7 came out, it caused Thunderbird to rocket memory usage above 80% which brought my computer to a screeching halt.  I figured I’d not use it until next version (and submitted a bug report as well).

Today I downloaded .8 in hopes it would work better.  It doesn’t.  Memory usage still skyrockets when attempting use the google calendar (provider addon) and the remember mismatched domains add on with it (otherwise you’re unable to connect or get a popup every time you view).

Is it one of these plugins causing it?  Is it Lightning?  I’m leaning toward the latter…even when uninstalling the extensions, I still get memory usage skyrocketing.  Either way, syncing your google calendar with Lightning isn’t a very smooth thing to do if it causes your Linux desktop to screech to a halt.

I guess there is always evolution with built in google calendar support.  Anyone else getting these problems?

At work, we use Zimbra for emailing.  I use Thunderbird with IMAP as my desktop client.  I’ve also seen that as of Zimbra 5.0 RC2, they will have the ability to sync with Lightning.  Good news!  Now if Lightning would stop leaking!

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  • JMiahMan

    Hey Change your theme enough? Check your email. ;)

  • http://blog.linuxoss.com E@zyVG

    I tried using 0.8 version, but when installing it get “Lightning could not be installed because it is not compatible with yout Thunderbird build type (Linux_x86_64_gcc3)”.

    Maybe cause it is 64 bit, installed using the mozilla repository in opensuse repos.
    Strange, as other add-ons work perfectly.

  • http://hamid11771.com hamid11771

    sounds good.i`m gonna test it.

  • anonymouse

    So I have heard that this is due to Appointments being incorrectly added to the calendar by Outlook. Lightning then tries to parse the bad file and gets stuck in an infinite loop. Or something like that.

  • mike

    I’m new to Lightning but I’m not having this memory problem with 0.9.

    Also, I use the Zindus addon to sync thunderbird contacts with zimbra and google: http://www.zindus.com.