Full Article Attached Support for Remote Calendar Data in Mozilla Calendar

Friday August 23rd, 2002

Mike Potter writes in with some exciting news about Mozilla Calendar. In the latest builds it is now possible to store your events on a remote server (either a web server or an FTP server). Not only does this make it easier to keep track of your schedule if you use several computers, it also allows you to easily share your calendar data with friends. Read the full article for more details and instructions.

#1 Goal to equal Notes or Exchange?

by sphealey

Friday August 23rd, 2002 12:39 PM

I read through the Mozilla Calendar page and I am still a bit unclear on the ultimate goal. Is it to build a personal calendar which can be shared to a limited extent, or to produce a groupware calendar that could be used to replace Lotus Notes or Microsoft Exchange?

The need for a group calendar system is probably the one factor that keeps many sites using MS Exchange.


#2 *bang*

by TheK

Friday August 23rd, 2002 1:33 PM

gar... Mozilla 2002082308 + latest Calendar doesn't like each other - crashes always, if I close Calendar...:(

#3 Bad Build?

by buckminster

Friday August 23rd, 2002 2:20 PM

I'm using the latest mozilla 1.1 build (20020818) and not only crashes when I close it, but the calendar is literally unusable: no numbers, no month names, can't add an event or task, etc. If I click on choose date, where the year should be listed it says "NaN" which I can only assume means "not a number". Lots of Javascript errors in the console, mostly stating that gCalendarWindow has no properties.

Bad Build?

#4 Re: Bad Build?

by turi

Friday August 23rd, 2002 2:22 PM

Sounds as if libical is missing.

#7 New fixed build available

by buckminster

Friday August 23rd, 2002 3:26 PM

Mike posted a message on the newsgroup stating he fixed the problem. Looks like it works now.

#11 fixed!

by TheK

Friday August 23rd, 2002 4:59 PM

jup, it's fixed now. So for everybody loving his Mozilla windows: _do NOT ever_ close a cal-2002082311 window. cal-2002082317 is fixed.

#12 Not fixed for me with Cal2002082317 on 1.2/Win2k

by nicka

Friday August 23rd, 2002 6:11 PM

Still no data and crashes on close

#21 Download fix here!

by webgremlin

Sunday August 25th, 2002 1:17 PM

I was in the same situation. I made a very small change to one of the calendar files and now it works on my system. if you'd like to try my fix, save <> to C:\Program Files\\Mozilla\chrome\calendar\content\pref or the equivalent directory on your system (calendar\content\pref inside your Mozilla chrome directory). I'm sorry I don't know how to make an XPI for it.

-wg <><

#22 corrected link

by webgremlin

Sunday August 25th, 2002 1:18 PM

the above link will not work right. sorry--the forum is screwy. get the file from

-wg <><

#5 missing numbers

by flacco

Friday August 23rd, 2002 2:45 PM

gotta regsiter xpcom components and make sure permissions are set reasonably

#6 Any plans to roll this into Mozilla proper?

by shayne321

Friday August 23rd, 2002 2:46 PM

Like the title says, does anyone know if/when the Calendar will become a standard part of mozilla? I thought I read somewhere 1.2 alpha was the target for this, but hopefully someone has better info.


#8 Bad Build, problems fixed

by mikeypotter

Friday August 23rd, 2002 3:38 PM

I did put up a build this afternoon that needed a preference set in your prefs.js file, which I must have added manually. If its not there, the calendar crashes (its since been put into a try catch statement) and brings down all of Mozilla. Sorry about that, the builds that are available now have that problem fixed. As for the goal of the project, the problem with making an exchange "killer" is that there is no calendar server available right now. There is no open source option for the server side of things. As it is, we're 1/2 way there. You can view other people's calendars, but you can't edit or add events to it. The other thing that we need is contacts integration. We have some initial code for that, but not enough to do anything like link contacts to events and schedule meetings with people. An Exchange replacement is where we would like to go, however there are many other steps between then and now. If you'd like to help out, keep grabbing new builds, file bugs, and help us code some of the new features. The project page, has links to open bugs, and some information on the requirements for the calendar. There hasn't been any talk lately of when the calendar is going to be integrated into the tree, but it won't be earlier than later this year I don't think. Mike

#9 What about....?

by jedbro

Friday August 23rd, 2002 3:39 PM


I already have Calendar installed, can I install the new build right on top of it? or do I have to delete it somehow? (if so, what files?) Thanks.

#10 Re: What about....?

by buckminster

Friday August 23rd, 2002 3:50 PM

Installing it right over the existing one works fine.

#13 Nice

by Lancer

Friday August 23rd, 2002 7:57 PM

Specially XUL, it works gorgeously.

Congratulations Dave Hyatt!

#14 Synchronizing with Outlook?

by ezh

Saturday August 24th, 2002 1:55 AM

Is there a way to synchro with outlook and pocet outlook?

#15 Synchronizing with Outlook?

by ezh

Saturday August 24th, 2002 3:17 AM

Is there a way to synchro with outlook and pocet outlook?

#16 Re: Synchronizing with Outlook? -Outlook Export...

by rcmoz

Saturday August 24th, 2002 2:46 PM

Outlook exports calendars to CSV:

"Subject","Start Date","Start Time","End Date","End Time","All day event","Reminder on/off","Reminder Date","Reminder Time","Meeting Organizer","Required Attendees","Optional Attendees","Meeting Resources","Billing Information","Categories","Description","Location","Mileage","Priority","Private","Sensitivity","Show time as"

Will Mozilla Calendar be able to import CSV with most of these fields?

#17 Automatic?

by ezh

Saturday August 24th, 2002 4:45 PM

I would like to automatic synchronizing. So my default calendar is mozilla's one and it synchro with my iPaq.

#18 My barriers to entry...

by bmacfarland

Saturday August 24th, 2002 5:55 PM

For either the Moz AddressBook or Calendar to be useful to me, I'd need it to sync up with my Palm. With the millions of Palms out there, I can't be in the minority. I think with Palm and Outlook syncing it would have over 90% of the market.

#19 Calender is a nice app, but not more

by johann_p

Sunday August 25th, 2002 2:00 AM

I think that the people involved did a wonderful job. However I always thought that NS should have invested more in a strategic inclusion of calendar and teamwork functionality into the Mozilla/NS suite. Inclusion of the right features, especially for usage within companies would have made this an absolute killer feature that would be a serious threat to other, commercial solutions, thus widening and reinforcing the install base of mozilla/ns. The calendar, as it is now, and as it seems to be planned now is not really much more than countless other calendar apps that are available for windows or linux.

#20 Still doesn't work?

by dpol

Sunday August 25th, 2002 7:38 AM

Try creating a new profile and see if that does the trick, it worked for me on Linux.

#23 Re: Still doesn't work?

by webgremlin

Sunday August 25th, 2002 1:26 PM

Also try my post in the earlier thread--and please let me know if it works!

-wg <><

#24 Anyoen know

by jedbro

Sunday August 25th, 2002 11:22 PM

Anyone know how to backup the events created? I want to do a vanilla installation of Calander and Moz. because I can't seem to export my current setup. (only one event at a time)


#25 how-to backup your data

by webgremlin

Monday August 26th, 2002 8:14 AM

your calendar data is stored in a .ics file in your profile directory. if you need help finding this, let us know.

#26 Thanks!

by jedbro

Monday August 26th, 2002 9:35 PM

Cheers for that mate!

appreciate it --Jed

#27 few problems

by jilles

Tuesday August 27th, 2002 1:56 AM

I really like calendar and I plan to use it as soon as it starts working as advertised. However, there's a few problems (win32, moz1.1final) that keep me from using it:

- How do I remove remote calendars? There appears to be no UI for this.

- How do I edit a calendars remote settings? I mistyped a url and can't edit it.

- Right clicking on a calendar brings up a pop-up (with no delete or edit option) but also deselects the calendar.

- How do I store a calendar on a password protected server (the ftp://uid:pwd@host/path trick doesn't seem to work for me)? I really don't want to publish my calendar to the whole world and a local only calendar seems pointless to me.

- How do I make a remote calendar default? I don't want any events stored locally.

- I know the url is incorrect but calendar doesn't give any sign of a failed server refresh. An error would seem appropriate.

I have no time to mess with bugzilla now and most of the above is probably in it already. If it's not then you know what to do :-). Keep up the good work.