Features/Desktop/Silent Update whatsnew/TestPlan

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Silent Update whatsnew

Feature Status Dev Lead QA Lead Status
Silent Update whatsnew Landed in Firefox 8 Lawrence Mandel Mihaela Velimiroviciu Signed off


  • With Silent Update, the What's New page itself is less relevant to the user given we want to be "silent". However, there is a need for Product Marketing/Engagement to communicate to our users on a regular basis and the purpose of this feature page is to define those requirements.
  • The server side work is being developed for this release, while the client side work to provide this functionality is available with Firefox 4 and above.

What will be tested

  • A test path from the builds on the release channel to 8.0b4 with the special sauce in the snippets (ie actions=silent).
  • What we want to check is that
    • the update is found and works with all these new attributes being set
    • the what's new page isn't shown after restart
  • The release builds which can be used to test the updates (4.0, 4.0.1, 5.0, 5.0.1, 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.0.2, 7.0, 7.0.1) can be found here

Use case

  • (If) The update path is available:
    • Starting with a release builds: 4.0, 4.0.1, 5.0, 5.0.1, 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.0.2, 7.0, 7.0.1
    • Use the releasetest channel
    • You will end up on 8.0b4 (buildID is 20111019081014; or load about:buildconfig, follow the source link and make sure the take is FIREFOX_8_0b4_RELEASE)


  • Feature wiki page - Link

Use Cases to Test

  • 1. A new build with other milestone is released and what's new page is suppressed
  • 2. A new build with other milestone is released and what's new page is enabled

Test Cases

  • The set of testcases can be found here

What will not be tested

  • The client side functionality as it is available since Firefox 4
  • Updates within same milestone

Important bugs

  • Tracking bug: 459972 - Add new attributes to the update snippets - VERIFIED FIXED
  • Test updates setup: 697030 - Create test updates for suppressing/not suppressing the What's New page - VERIFIED FIXED
  • Dependencies:
    • 682805 - Generate snippets using new attributes - RESOLVED FIXED (qa-)
    • 530872 - app.update.url params / update.xml cleanup and addition of a custom string property for apps - RESOLVED FIXED (code clean-up)
    • 696278 - Update AUS2 code to AUS2_PRODUCTION (support for new attributes) - RESOLVED FIXED (qa-)

Sign-off criteria

  • No major/critical bugs open
  • All tests are run
  • 50% of update paths are verified


  • Signed off on Firefox 8.0 beta 6 (build ID: 20111031184046)
  • Signed off for Firefox 8