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INVALID DATE - Daddy please don't take my t'bird away

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INVALID DATE - Daddy please don't take my t'bird away

Postby ss3e55 » Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:18 am

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Re: INVALID DATE - Daddy please don't take my t'bird away

Postby cbaker_admin » Wed Apr 21, 2010 5:53 am

You did nothing wrong ... it is a bug. The current TEBE beta is based on FEBE v6.1 code where the bug was introduced. While it's now fixed in FEBE, TEBE still suffers from it. It is only a display error and should not affect the functionality of the backup itself.
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Re: INVALID DATE - Daddy please don't take my t'bird away

Postby ss3e55 » Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:21 am

Thanks for the clarification

So the unresponsiveness might be caused by normal over the network backup....except I also tried "Cancel" and still it was extremely unresponsive....any suggestions?

Secondly - is there a version I could load without that bug?

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Re: INVALID DATE - Daddy please don't take my t'bird away

Postby cbaker_admin » Wed Apr 21, 2010 4:45 pm

Actually, the bug I was talking about refers to the "Invalid Date" appearing in the TEBE message, not about TEBE being unresponsive. You said that the unresponsiveness appeared after you click "Cancel"? That shouldn't be. Are you getting any TEBE related errors in the error console (Tools > Error Console)? You may also want try the extension for error checking. It is more comprehensive.

Also try running "Clear TEBE preferences" and "Verify extension directory" in Tools > TEBE > TEBE Options > Debug.

If you are still experiencing problems, try this: Open and clear the Error console. Leave it open and perform a backup. When (or if) the backup completes, examine the error console for any error messages. Copy/paste them here.

If TEBE is timing out with a "Script is busy" or "Unresponsive script" message, you should increase the wait time in Tb preferences. To do this, go to Tools > Options > Advanced > General > Config Editor. Paste dom.max_chrome_script_run_time into the filter box. If the value of this preference non-zero but less than 60, change it to 60. This is number seconds Tb will wait before declaring a script is not working (zero means wait forever). If your backup is around 2GB (which is HUGE!), you may have to set the preference to zero.

The TEBE results report will list disabled extensions only when running a selective backup. The disabled extensions are marked with special icon (as in the DOM Inspector extension here):

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Of course, Tb will always be unresponsive when a backup is occuring. Since your backups will tend to be very large (and hence take quite awhile to complete) you may want to consider not using a scheduled backup. Instead, you could perform a manual backup once a week when you won't be actively using Tb. You could set a reminder for 7 days in TEBE Options > Schedule > Backup reminder.
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Re: INVALID DATE - Daddy please don't take my t'bird away

Postby Nick222 » Fri Dec 31, 2010 9:15 am

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Re: INVALID DATE - Daddy please don't take my t'bird away

Postby cbaker_admin » Fri Dec 31, 2010 9:33 am

What locale are you using? (en-US, es-ES, etc.)

Do you have ? If so, go to Tools > My Config > about:config and filter for "extensions.tebe". What is the value of "extensions.tebe.lastbackup"? Try clearing the value (double-click) and see if that makes a difference.
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Re: INVALID DATE - Daddy please don't take my t'bird away

Postby benjamin » Sun Mar 13, 2011 1:01 pm

Hi Chuck,

i've got exactly the same error message "Invalid Date Invalid Date" as ss3e55 posted above.

I installed TEBE and did the first backup without any problems. Backup size is 180MB. After restarting TB with the first backup done the error message appeared. I clicked Cancel and TB froze completely. I had to kill the process through task manager. The behaviour is reproducible. I had to start TB in safe mode and manually reset the following preferences:
user_pref("extensions.tebe.schedule.description", "Mittwoch, 16. März 2011 19:00:00");
user_pref("extensions.tebe.schedule.frequency", "weekly");
user_pref("extensions.tebe.schedule.weekly.day", 3);
user_pref("extensions.tebe.schedule.weekly.hour", 19);

After this the error is gone. When I reconfigure these settings the error returns on the next TB start. I've included a screenshot of the schedule preferences tab. Maybe you see something I don't.
I already checked the error console with no luck. I suppose it's nothing in there, because I had to kill the process and restart TB before I could open it.

OS: Win 7 SP1 Professional. Locale de-DE (German-Germany). TB 3.1.9. TEBE beta20100727.

If you need anything else just let me know.

Thanks for the good work with your addons.

Best regards
Benjamin
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Re: INVALID DATE - Daddy please don't take my t'bird away

Postby cbaker_admin » Mon Mar 14, 2011 9:34 am

This is undoubtedly a localization issue. What is your current setting for the preference extensions.tebe.schedule.description? Try clearing it by editing about:config (you can use the "" extension through Tools > Edit My Config).
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Re: INVALID DATE - Daddy please don't take my t'bird away

Postby benjamin » Mon Mar 14, 2011 1:58 pm

This is the current setting (looked up with TB built in about:config):
extensions.tebe.schedule.description;Mittwoch, 16. März 2011 19:00:00

I'm a little bit surprised. As stated in my last post, I've already emptied this preference. My current TEBE settings dialog looks like the following, although the property is still filled. :?
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The error message does not appear any more since I've started TB in safe mode and emptied the extensions.tebe.schedule.* preferences. I just can't schedule weekly backups (monthly and daily not tested), because the error will occur again with weekly backups scheduled.

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Re: INVALID DATE - Daddy please don't take my t'bird away

Postby cbaker_admin » Tue Mar 15, 2011 7:24 am

I know the problem is associated with the localized date, but I was hoping that clearing those preferences would fix the error. Have you tried resetting all TEBE preferences (TEBE Options > Debug > Clear TEBE preferences)?
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Re: INVALID DATE - Daddy please don't take my t'bird away

Postby benjamin » Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:51 am

I've resetted all TEBE preferences. The invalid date message can be reproduced after setting up a weekly scheduled backup (message appears at TB startup). Compared to the situation before resetting all TEBE preferences the only difference is TB does not hang any more on startup when a weekly backup is scheduled. When I set the schedule to "no scheduled backup" the message disappears as before.

I've checked the error console. There is no message related to TEBE. Just 2 errors one for Silvermel theme and one for Lightning Button.

At the moment I can use TEBE except the scheduled backup. If you want me to try a TEBE version with debug code and hopefully some invalid date error related log output, I would be happy to do so.

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Re: INVALID DATE - Daddy please don't take my t'bird away

Postby cbaker_admin » Mon Mar 21, 2011 12:19 pm

Thanks for the offer to help debug, Benjamin. I just may take you up on that offer. Unfortunately, with school still in session (where my real job is) and the immanent release of Firefox 4 (major coding changes in virtually all my extensions) there just isn't any available time to address TEBE issues. Perhaps in June (after school lets out and Firefox 4 is more stable) I can jump back on it. If you are still interested in helping then, would you drop me a note? It would be nice to graduate TEBE from its long beta-development phase to a real release.
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Re: INVALID DATE - Daddy please don't take my t'bird away

Postby benjamin » Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:55 am

The least I can do is help finding bugs. Send me a message through the board or answer this topic whenever you've something ready for testing. I'm in the software development branch myself (JEE, ABAP). Hence I understand only too well: Time's always short :roll:

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