The Gaia-email-libs-and-more contain the backend code for the Gaia Email app. Develop the gaia backend (files in gaia/apps/email/js/ext*) here. The files then get zipped into and optimized into a single JS file that gets loaded into the Gaia email client. No crazy need to develop the Gaia email app in the gaia repo! The library can also potentially be used for other clients too, as long as you are cool with our design decisions.
To make sure the submodules are initialized properly, please make sure to check out the repository recursively:
git clone --recursive https://github.com/mozilla-b2g/gaia-email-libs-and-more.git
If you already checked out without the --recursive flag, you can try the following command inside the repository directory:
git submodule update --init --recursive
- Build B2G Desktop App - https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/Firefox_OS/Using_the_B2G_desktop_client - Make sure you build a release build if you want to run the unit tests. Alternatively, you can try "make b2g".
- Clone the repo gaia-email-libs-and-more repo recursively
git clone --recursive https://github.com/mozilla-b2g/gaia-email-libs-and-more.git
Install node.js - Standard package management is fine (apt-get, brew, etc).
Install npm. If you have installed node.js from source, you don't need to install npm as it is built with node.js. If you use a package management system, you may need to install this separately.
Clone push log, do it recursively - https://github.com/asutherland/arbitrarypushlog/tree/master
Make 3 symlinks:
- gaia-symlink -> gaia repo
- b2g-bindir-symlink -> Your B2G Desktop Build directory
- arbpl-dir-symlink -> Arbitrary pushlog directory
Run 'npm install' in gaia-email-and-libs
cd gaia-email-and-libs-and-more npm install
- Run 'npm install' in arbitrary push log/server
cd arbitrarypushlog/server npm install
- Run ./webserve in arbitrary push log to make sure it works!
cd arbitrarypushlog ./webserve
- Make install gaia-email-libs-and-more into gaia
cd gaia-email-and-libs-and-more make install-into-gaia
- Run unit tests
cd gaia-email-and-libs-and-more make all-tests
If you want to use the Arbitrary Push Log, run 'make post-tests' instead.
This repo provides:
- "Client daemon" logic that is the backend. It does the IMAP protocol talking, storage maintenance, etc. It communicates over a JSON bridge with the front-end which provides the:
- MailAPI, for use by the UI/front-end. It communicates asynchronously with the back-end over the JSON bridge.
We are aggressively attempting to use existing JS libraries. Currently, these are mainly node libraries. We use a combination of slightly-forked versions, shims, and AMD-wrappings (using volo) to get this to work. We use MIT-licensed code from the following projects or converted projects:
- util, Stream shims from https://github.com/substack/node-browserify which is frequently modified node.js source code.
- MIME parsing/rfc822 logic from: https://github.com/andris9/mailparser
- MIME composition from: https://github.com/andris9/mailcomposer
- SMTP library from: https://github.com/andris9/simplesmtp
- MIME helper functions from: https://github.com/andris9/mimelib
- address parser library from: https://github.com/andris9/addressparser
- String encoding/character set conversion from http://code.google.com/p/stringencoding/. This will removed once the TextEncoder/TextDecoder enhancement bug for Gecko lands: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=764234
- HTML sanitization from: https://github.com/asutherland/bleach.js
We shim the following ourselves to the minimum required:
- node's Buffer implementation
- node's crypto module, for crypto.createHash("md5") to support hash.update and hash.digest("hex").
We fork the following:
- node-imap from https://github.com/mscdex/node-imap. This was done because we were trying to avoid shimming the node network API in favor of using our TCP WebAPI. Changes were also required because of the differences between node's Buffers and our Buffer-shim based on typed arrays. Our fork is currently intended to be a bit of a dead-end. Since node is abandoning Buffers in favor of typed arrays/data-views, we will likely migrate to a new upstream revision of this library or an entirely different library in the future. (Our current major concern for IMAP is on pipelining requests, so whatever library best offers that is likely what we will end up using. If no other library offers it and node-imap is willing to accept patches for doing so, we will likely stick with node-imap.)
This repo started out life as a restartless Jetpack extension for Firefox to provide a restartless version of the TCP WebAPI with permissions. There was also an intent to provide a more desktop friendly development UI. Code for this stuff is still in here in various states of workingness, but is not a priority or goal and a lot of it has now been removed. That which remains is planned to be deleted or moved to a separate repository.
Make sure you have a symlink,
gaia-symlink, that points at the root directory
of your gaia checkout.
For example, to create it:
ln -s ~/git/gaia gaia-symlink
Then, to run all the build steps and to copy our used files across into gaia, run:
Unit tests are intended to be run against b2g-desktop in xulrunner mode. The
Makefile has targets for
tests and for
one-test. You can also prefix these
post- to post the results to an ArbPL instance. For more details
on this, see "Viewing the Test Results" below.
Running these tests depends on your having
b2g-bindir-symlink files in the
root of your gaia-email-libs-and-more checkout so it can build the path
The tests by default run against the fakeserver taken from the Thunderbird codebase, so no extra setup should be needed. See "fakeserver Notes" for more information on how the fakeserver code is tracked.
Some of the tests can run against real servers, but that is not enabled by default. In the past, we have used dovecot installed on Ubuntu hooked up to postfix on localhost, but the unit tests can run against any server anywhere. For example, a somewhat recent dovecot on a remote server works just as well as localhost, it's just harder to use on a airplane. Some servers, such as Yahoo's IMAP at the current time, are too broken to use the unit tests. For example, Yahoo's APPEND command ignores the specified INTERNALDATE value, which makes it useless for many synchronization unit tests.
For more details on setting up a Dovecot server, see test/dovecot.md.
Create the symlink described above for a B2G desktop xulrunner:
ln -s /path/to/b2g-desktop b2g-bindir-symlink
You should use a mozilla-central nightly build for B2G desktop:
You can use a mozilla-b2g18, but you may need to run the tests in waves, using discrete TEST_VARIANT values, as running them all together may have problems (segmentation faults):
/path/to/b2g-desktop will be something like:
Create the symlink for arbitrarypushlog:
ln -s /path/to/arbitrarypushlog arbpl-dir-symlink
See Viewing the Test Results" below for more information about using arbitrarypushlog for viewing the test results.
To run all of the unit tests:
This will remove all existing log files prior to the run. Afterwards, all log
files should be updated/exist, and a log that is the concatenation of all of
the test logs should exist at
To run just one variant of the tests, set TEST_VARIANT:
make all-tests TEST_VARIANT=imap:fake
The valid TEST_VARIANT values are listed in
test/test-files.json at the top,
in the "variants" section:
To run a single test, in this case,
test_imap_general.js which is located at
test/unit/test_imap_general.js in the repo:
make one-test SOLO_FILE=test_imap_general.js
This will produce a log file of the run at
test-logs/test_imap_general_VARIANT.log, where VARIANT is similar to one of
the TEST_VARIANT values. TEST_VARIANT can also be set for
The logs generated by the unit tests are in JSON, but that doesn't help you much on its own. Happily, there is an HTML UI for viewing the logs, that can be found here and dubbed ArbPL which was born as a hybrid of a log viewing UI and a competitor to tinderbox pushlog that involved a server component for speed:
The easiest and most fun way to use ArbPL is to run the server. This is because the UI is able to use Socket.IO to update as new test runs come in. To be able to do this, the setup process looks generally like this: (And make sure your nodejs version is between v0.6 and v0.8.)
sudo apt-get install graphviz git clone --recursive git://github.com/asutherland/arbitrarypushlog.git cd arbitrarypushlog/server npm install
Things are now installed.
You can run the server by typing the following in the root of arbitrarypushlog.
The server is now running on port 8008. You can browse to http://localhost:8008/?tree=Logal and you will see the list of results. At the start of time, the database is empty, and the UI doesn't really like that, so you will need to hit refresh after you get some data in there.
To get data in, the command is:
Alternatively, you can create a symlink "arbpl-dir-symlink", and then use a
Makefile target such as
post-one-test to automatically run ./logalchew
on the result.
To make this more obvious that this is an option for those skimming the page, this means:
make post-one-test SOLO_FILE=test_imap_general.js
The tests use the fakeserver code from Thunderbird. A vendor-branch is used to track upstream:
test-runner/chrome/fakeserver is pretty much just existing
comm-central or mozilla-central (httpd.js) code, with some outstanding patches
that have been reviewed but not yet landed, and a couple of small things that
will hopefully be upstreamed at some point.
If you just want to start up a fakeserver to use for yourself during experimentation or development, there are some Makefile targets:
make imap-server make activesync-server
These just start up the fakeservers, and do not run tests. You do not need to use these commands before running the automated tests, the test Makefile targets will do that automatically.
At the moment, the unit tests don't work on OS X 10.9 Mavericks. The current workaround is to run the unit tests on Linux through a VM. Please see Bug https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=936980 to track progress on when this is fixed.
The e-mail list to use is the general dev-gaia list, see https://lists.mozilla.org/listinfo/dev-gaia
We hang out on irc.mozilla.org in #gelam. The Travis CI robot should show up there and tell you when pull requests have issues, etc. too. If people are not in #gelam, then #gaia is a reasonable choice.
We are including ActiveSync support because it's the only sane option for Hotmail.
Microsoft asserts that they have some patents on the ActiveSync protocol. If you want to use/ship/distribute this library, you are either going to want to strip out ActiveSync-touching logic or make sure that you are okay with whatever those patents are. Microsoft has some Open Source friendly words relating to some protocols, including their e-mail protocols, which may make things fine for you if you are not distributing things commercially.
Specifically, the "Interoperability Principles" program has a patent pledge: http://www.microsoft.com/openspecifications/en/us/programs/other/interoperability-principles-patent-pledges/default.aspx
The pledge defines that it relates to the protocols listed at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd208104%28v=PROT.10%29.aspx
From the "Open Protocols" page, if you click on the following links in succession, you will reach the ActiveSync documentation:
- "Protocols" http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg685446.aspx
- "Exchange Server Protocols" http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc307725%28v=EXCHG.80%29.aspx
- "Exchange Server Protocol Documents" http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc425499%28v=exchg.80%29.aspx
There is also a commercial licensing program known to exist: http://www.microsoft.com/about/legal/en/us/intellectualproperty/iplicensing/programs/exchangeactivesyncprotocol.aspx
I am not a lawyer, I am not qualified to tell you what any of the above actually mean. The above links will hopefully save you time when you or your lawyer do your research. None of this is legal advice.