A couple years ago, I managed to find the Auto Message Select
(AutoMsgSelect) addon extension on the web, which
was originally developed for Thunderbird versions 1.x.
The plugin was supposed to select the first message automatically and display it in the message panel
Since I still use Thunderbird 18.104.22.168, I needed to adopt the plugin for the 2.x product line.
The plugin itself was incomplete, as I found out lately. It did not have the listeners implemented correctly, so the application was unable to
select the newest message, when a new one arrived from the mail server. The plugin also wasn't detecting an ongoing mail server activity, so it always selected a random message among all others.
Really a big mess.
Well, here is the changelog since v. 1.5.x:
- Automatically selects the newest (or the oldest - based on config) message on startup, or if you select another directory.
- Always waits for the mail server to download all new messages, only then selects the newest one.
- You can turn on/off some features in the config page to match your needs.
- Compatible with Mozilla Thunderbird v2.x (maybe even higher, not tested)
I think that such functionality should be implemented in TB by default ...
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