Thunderbird - associating a URL with an email



  • I've got the following problem. I get frequent emails from our farm test system indicating when a job I initiated has completed. These emails have a job number in the subject, which I can use to analyse results on a web page, but the email does not contain a link to the external page, and I am not able to influence the email text to include one.

    My current process involves copy/pasting the number to a helper site that will then direct me to the right site, but that is an annoying extra step, with potential error as I have several such links.

    Does anyone know a thunderbird option or plugin that would allow me to display the link with the email?


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    @PleegWat said:

    thunderbird option or plugin

    Ah. Had on the tip of my fingers a suggestion on how to write an Outlook VBA macro for this, but you left a crucial bit of info until the end. ;)

    Sorry, literally no experience with that particular email client.



  • @PleegWat said:

    Does anyone know a thunderbird option or plugin that would allow me to display the link with the email?

    FiltaQuilla lets you invoke either internal javascript or an external executable as a filter action, which will probably get you most of the way there.



  • I'd looked at FiltaQuilla before to apply regex subject filters (somebody decided all automated mail should be from the same noreply address. Luckily I wasn't the only one who used that for filtering, since they reverted).

    The javascript stuff looks interesting so I should at least be able to generate the URL. Just leaves how to set it so I can see it in the UI.



  • I'd probably try using js to edit the message content (Thunderbird's UI will linkify anything that looks like a URL), then find that Mozilla's internal maze of abstractions and interfaces made that ridiculously hairy, then give up and pipe the subject line out to an external script that dumps .url files into a folder (these are easy to generate, they're just text).


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