Rated 4 out of 5 stars

I use windows and have the two vars set, the log file have message lines, but I can't see anything in the panel, the panel just show a loading gif and text "0%".

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I can confirm that TBTracer works fine and that the problem I mentioned earlier ("No data is displayed in the window/tab of TBTracer.") was caused by something else (still investigating...)

Could you post the output of the error console?
I think it might have an error there.
If not, is the log file enabled? and logging for any protocol? If you havent changed the defaults it should log everything.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Looked promising but came short in a couple of areas, and after de-installing I am left with a tbtrace.log zombie file that refuses to die - this seems particularly unfriendly behaviour for an add-on. The problems were these:
(1) SMTP logging won't work. This seems a common problem outside this add-on also, with other types of network logging solutions. Can't see why it's such a problem.
(2) The cofiguration options don't seem to be there for some fairly basic and obvious needs, like keeping the plain text of each message without all the html mumbo jumbo, and with attachments.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.8.5). 

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

At the core of it this is a lovely add-on if the finer details of mail server / client interaction have your attention. They do have mine and I would love to use this add-on.
However, there are some rough edges left and one of them is a show-stopper for me. This tracer somehow interferes with some http traffic.
This is from debian wheezy icedove 10.0.3.
issue 1: Add-ons manager "More"-button, intended to show more info to an add-on and basically opens a browser window. This browser gets no data when tbtrace is installed and active.
issue 2: probably the same thing but hurts me more. None of my google calendars can be reached while the tbtracer is installed. The error msg is: Warning: There has been an error reading data for calendar: blabla. However, this error is believed to be minor, so the program will attempt to continue. Error code: 0x804b0014. Description: null
this is a generic "didn't work" msg. It came up after I installed tbtacer, it didn't reappear after I removed the tbtracer. I really need my calendars working so this is a showstopper.
Another one of the rough edges is just an documentation issue and probably linux or *nix specific. It's about the env.vars and that friendly button on the preference pane which, unfortunately, doesn't seem to work for a linux user.
What happens after the button gets clicked? On my sys a file .bash_profile got created, 0755 and 2 lines of export. Now, the next time a bash shell is created for this user those two variables will be set and available in the environment. Only in new shells, not in those already existing!
So on linux you see the dialog report success, the interfaces asks you to restart thunderbird. You do, but after the restart nothing has changed. You would need to log out and restart your desktop environment to see those vars set, or do like a poster above recommends and restart thunderbird from a new shell , from the command line.
On my system there is also something between .profile and .bash_profile, .profile won't be read when -bash_profile exists. So, when a .bash_profile is added secretly we get some collateral damages as the stuff in the .profile file is secretly disabled. Nothing an editor couldn't fix but the user must be told about it.

I'll give it 3 stars from +5 for the thing itself but -2 stars for the side effects on my calendars and the profile file's content

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.6). 

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

TBTracer breaks the handling of certificates in TB 11 leaving certificates useless

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.6). 

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Same comment than Nick: TBTracer doesn't succed to set the env. var. under Ubuntu (11.10). So I just cannot use it.

[edit] I find a workaround! From the command line, enter the 5 followwings lines one by one:

NSPR_LOG_FILE=/tmp/tbtracer.log
export NSPR_LOG_FILE
NSPR_LOG_MODULES=NNTP:1,SMTP:2,POP:1,IMAP:5,sync:1
export NSPR_LOG_MODULES
thunderbird

It should work now.
[/edit]

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.6). 

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

How can I set environment variables under Ubuntu 11.04-64? Button "Set now" do not work...?

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.5.7.1). 

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Very useful. The main benefit is you can see what's happening in real time. The raw log file is very cluttered. This tool picks out the actual data sent between the client and host so you can see it in isolation. You need to set the environment variables NSPR_LOG_MODULES and NSPR_LOG_FILE before you invoke Thunderbird.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.5.1). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I wonder why such a tool is not standard in TB ! So useful to debug communication problems. Thanks

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.5.1). 

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Nice AddOn to track IMAP-traffic on Seamonkey.

It struggles from a few flaws (help distorted, init-Script awfully slow (but there's a warning for that now) and doesn't seem to initialize the environment-variables reliably on every computer. Also the extension is in an unusable state if the log-file get's deleted as long as one doesn't take additional manual steps in the OS to fix it (e.g. delete environment variables too)), but the developer is actively developing it and responds to email pretty fast, so I'm pretty confident these issues can be resolved in later releases. :-)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.5.1). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Very useful, easy to install: MERCI !

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.1). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

At last! Thanks!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.2.0).