Attachment Extractor F.A.Q.
These are a paraphrased summary of the most common questions I've been
asked about Attachment Extractor and its development. Please read them
and if you're considering contacting me asking any of the following then
think again because I'm just going to ignore you.
- "Why don't you add a link to the deleted attachment in the email? "
- I've lost track of how many times I've been
asked this question! I've only not put this up previously as its not
even a question about AttachmentExtractor - its down to a confusion
about 'detach' vs 'delete'. If you 'delete' the attachment there is no
link to anything; if you 'detach' the attachment then the attachment
icon will still link to the detached attachment. This is standard
Thunderbird behaviour and I'm not planning to extend this functionality
as its adequate in my opinion.
- "Why is there an annoying pop-up message confirming if you want to delete the attachments? Can't you override this? "
- As of version 0.8 you just need to enable
AE's internal deleting/detaching (in settings|general). You will still
get a confirmation once per task (in case the option was accidentally
- "I don't want any confirmation at all. I'm reckless and like to live life on the edge. Is there a way? "
- Yes, though very unadvisable. There is a preference
attachmentextractor.actionafterextract.detach.confirm which can be set to false to turn it off. If you can't work out how to do this yourself then its too advanced for you.
- "Is there a way to automatically
extract/delete/detach attachments as they arrive in my Inbox - as
opposed to having to right-click and choose 'Extract all attachments'? "
- Yes, now you can in version 0.9. You need to
enable it first in settings|auto-extract. If you don't want every email
auto-extracted then set up a message filtering rule that adds the tag
AE AutoExtract to applicable emails and set the auto-extract settings to only extract those.
- "My signed mails don't extract properly or do extract but the mail is broken afterwards. What's up?"
- Cryptographically signed emails (using PGP
or similar) seem to be a problem with the current versions of
AttachmentExtractor. I don't use signed emails myself so it hadn't
occured as an issue. I aim to fix this for a future version.
- "Can the default save folder or auto extract folder be stored relative to another folder?"
- As of AttachmentExtractor 1.3.1, yes. The preferences
attachmentextractor.autoextract.savepath.relative.key should be set to the key for the location. The 'key' can be any of the built in locations specified in Thunderbird. See reference page for a list.
- "Attachment Extractor uses 100% of my CPU power when extracting. Can't you stop it from doing this?"
- The CPU being 100% is down to Thunderbird and
AE don't do anything that Thunderbird can't do itself, it just does it
faster than you could yourself. So, no.
- "AttachmentExtractor doesn't work or tells me something has gone wrong."
- First, try installing the most recent version from here.
If you've already got the latest version or that doesn't fix it then please file a bug in the bugtracker,
including your OS, version of Thunderbird, locale (if not the standard
messages and include these too.