[Bug 162060] Modifying LDAP loookup in about:config causes lookup to fail

Kirk Bridger kbridger at shaw.ca
Sun Nov 11 18:46:29 UTC 2007

Public bug reported:

Binary package hint: thunderbird

When attempting to modify the LDAP lookup mapping in about:config
(searching for attrmap), any change to a TB setting for HomeState causes
the LDAP lookup to fail entirely.

Normal (working) flow:
1 - Open about:config, search for 'attrmap'
2 - Ensure that all settings are default
3 - Close TB
4 - Launch TB
5 - Open error console
6 - Open address book
7 - search for string 'br' in LDAP directory
8 - results populate normally

Now if I add a little change to the above, this reproducibly fails:

1 - Launch TB
2 - Open error console
3 - Open address book
4 - open about:config, search for 'attrmap'
5 - modify the setting ldap_2.servers.default.attrmap.HomeState from the default to a non-default value (for example from 'mozillaHomeState' to 'mozillaHomeState,st')
6 - close about:config
7 - search for a string in the address book, such as 'br'
8 - the error console displays the following error, and no results are returned:

Error: [Exception... "'Failure' when calling method: [nsIAbLDAPAttributeMapService::getMapForPrefBranch]" nsresult: "0x80004005 (NS_ERROR_FAILURE)" location: "JS frame :: chrome://messenger/content/addressbook/abCommon.js :: SetAbView :: line 665" data: no]
Source File: chrome://messenger/content/addressbook/abCommon.js
Line: 665

Line 665 reads:
    actualSortColumn = gAbView.init(uri, searchView, GetAbViewListener(), sortColumn, sortDirection);

Restoring about:config to default then allows the LDAP query to proceed normally, so it is the presence of this change to the attrmap that is causing this bug.

I've tried replacing the string 'mozillaHomeState' with:

1 - 'mozillaHomeState,st'
2 - 'st,mozillaHomeState'
3 - 'st'

None of these avoid the error, and the error is the same line.

I originally posted this as an addendum to another bug (161949), but
believe it is actually its own bug (see

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: amd64
Date: Sun Nov 11 10:41:27 2007
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 7.10
NonfreeKernelModules: cisco_ipsec nvidia
Package: mozilla-thunderbird
PackageArchitecture: all
SourcePackage: thunderbird
Uname: Linux Industrious 2.6.22-14-generic #1 SMP Sun Oct 14 21:45:15 GMT 2007 x86_64 GNU/Linux

** Affects: thunderbird (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

** Tags: apport-bug

Modifying LDAP loookup in about:config causes lookup to fail
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