[Spambayes] Bug Report: Outlook 2016

Nowak, Helge HNowak at cincom.com
Tue Jan 2 02:52:32 EST 2018

I don't know whether this will make a difference for you, but try installing SpamBayes not into the "Program Files (x86)" folder but a subdirectory of your user directory.


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Von: SpamBayes [mailto:spambayes-bounces+hnowak=cincom.com at python.org] Im Auftrag von Arch Hughes
Gesendet: Sonntag, 31. Dezember 2017 03:54
An: spambayes at python.org
Betreff: [Spambayes] Bug Report: Outlook 2016

Bug Summary: outlook_addin.dll is not recognized by Outlook 2016 as a valid addin.

(Sorry, I don't know how to navigate and use git.

I pulled down this file: https://ci.appveyor.com/api/buildjobs/0m1jf3fecsxcxmd5/artifacts/spambayes%2Fwindows%2Fspambayes-1.1b3.exe

Norton was full of warnings about this file not being commonly downloaded.  I ran a scan on it and Norton reported no threats.

Step by step report:
1.       I had outlook running, and your program told me to close.
2.       The default check-box for MS Outlook was checked, and I left it checked (it correctly said "Outlook appears to be installed).  No other boxes were checked.
3.       It offered to convert a 1.0 data base to 1.1 format, I left that checked.  I did not check "Register add-in for all users" since I'm the only regular use of this computer.
4.       I accepted the Python agreement
5.       I reported the selected options correctly, so I pressed the Install button.
6.       It loaded the files into C:\Program Files (x86)\SpamBayes, and had checked the View welcome.html and Convert the database from 1.0 to 1.1 options.  I pressed Finish
7.       The welcome file displayed in Firefox correctly after I told Windows to open it with Firefox.
8.       I saw no evidence that a conversion process ran at this point, though I might have missed it while looking at the web page.

9.       I restarted Outlook 2016.
10.   In the add-in section of Outlook I saw no evidence of any changes.  I still had a disabled add-in for Spambayes (carried forward from Outlook 2007).

[cid:image001.png at 01D3818D.7080FDF0]

11.   It was, however, pointing to the right place and the addin.dll had your new 28 Dec 17 date.  So I enabled it.

12.   I stopped Outlook and restarted it.
13.   Outlook started successfully, but the SpamBayes add-in was disabled.  Again, I checked to enable it in case I failed to do that correctly. (While there I also disabled the Exchange, OneNote, and SharePoint add-ins since I don't use those tools.)
14.   I stopped Outlook and restarted it, again.
15.   This time SpamBayes moved to the "Inactive Application Add-ins" section.

[cid:image002.png at 01D3818E.A006B690]

16.   I went back into the Add-ins screen and checked SpamBayes again.  (I also un-cheded Norton, Social connector, and Skype add-ins.)
17.   I stopped and restarted outlook again.
18.   The Norton tab was gone from the ribbon now (expected since I unchecked that).  There was still not SpamBayes tools visible.  SpamBayes remains in the Inactive section.
19.   I decided to try to add the new .dll at this point, from your install, and got the following error from Outlook:

[cid:image007.png at 01D383A7.0523B680]

20.   I went back to your install directory and double-clicked on "outlook_addin_register.exe".  I got no feedback.

At this point I don't have any more ideas for getting around the "bad dll" message, so I await any feedback you might care to provide.  I looked at the HTML page and didn't see anything there of use for this issue.  One contributor suggests that the .dll is 32-bit and this version of Outlook 2016 is 64-bit.  This may, then, be a duplicate of bug #903?


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