Archive for the ‘Firefox’ Category

Essential Firefox Extensions

December 23, 2009

Here’s my list of those Firefox extensions I will probably always install after any new Firefox installation:

Download Statusbar – a tool that shows downloads in a status bar.
ReloadEvery – small tool for reloading a tab at a certain interval.
CoLT
– a tool for copying a URL and its description into the clipboard.

The list of those and some other extensions I am using from time to time is here.

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Which Firefox profile am I using right now?

November 4, 2009

Sometimes, I’d like to know which profile I am using with my current Firefox instance (for example if an instance has been open for a long time, or if I’m running two instances (using firefox -P -no-remote) at the same time.

I found the solution on this web site:

Start Tools->Error Console (or press <ctrl><shift>j)

Then, in the Code line at the top (you can jump to it using <ctrl>o), enter the following code and press Return (or click the "Evaluate" button):

alert(Components.classes["@mozilla.org/file/directory_service;1"].getService(Components.interfaces.nsIProperties).get("ProfD", Components.interfaces.nsIFile).path);

It will show the full path of your profile in a popup window. The name of the profile is the last string after the last dot.

Firefox 3.6b1, 3.5.5, and 3.0.15, Thunderbird 3.0b4 and 2.0.0.23, Seamonkey 2.0b1 available for download!

November 2, 2009

The following OpenSolaris page contains all download links for Firefox 3.6b1, 3.5.5, and 3.0.15, Thunderbird 3.0b4 and 2.0.0.23, and Seamonkey 2.0b1 on OpenSolaris and Solaris 10:

http://hub.opensolaris.org/bin/view/Community+Group+desktop/development

You can still find Firefox 2.0.0.20 linked here:

http://blogs.sun.com/blogfinger/entry/firefox_for_solaris_latest_versions2

You can also browse all Firefox versions for all platforms here:

http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/

And the latest Acrobat Reader (current version is 9.2) for OpenSolaris is – as always – available via the following page:

http://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/

Firefox 3 for Solaris – latest versions as of Apr. 2009

April 1, 2009

These are the direct links for downloading the latest versions of Firefox 3 for Solaris:

Version x86 SPARC
Firefox 3.0.8 OpenSolaris pkg  |  tar pkg  |  tar
Firefox 3.0.8 Solaris 10 pkg  |  tar pkg  |  tar

You can still find the links to the latest Firefox 2 version (2.0.0.20) in this blog entry.

If you would like to install multiple versions of Firefox on your Solaris system, you can use the tarballs or my script for renaming a Firefox package.

Oh – and if you are running Solaris or OpenSolaris on x86, I suggest to install the recently released Adobe Reader 9.1 for Solaris x86!

Firefox: How to easier identify secure web sites before entering passwords

March 26, 2009

Recently, I encountered an article on Heise Security (for the English version, click here) and found it very useful. The article recommended to change the property browser.identity.ssl_domain_display from 0 to 1 in about:config so that the area in which the favicon is displayed (left to the URL line) will also display the domain name. The change will make it much easier to identify a secure web sit before entering personal or otherwise sensitive information like passwords, so I also recommend it. You can find screen shots at the bottom of the mentioned article.

Firefox 3 for Solaris – latest versions as of Mar. 2009

March 5, 2009

These are the direct links for downloading the latest versions of Firefox 3 for Solaris. Because there are several security bug fixes implemented in 3.0.7, I strongly recommend to install them soon:

Version x86 SPARC
Firefox 3.0.7 OpenSolaris pkg  |  tar pkg  |  tar
Firefox 3.0.7 Solaris 10 pkg  |  tar pkg  |  tar

You can still find the links to the latest Firefox 2 version (2.0.0.20) in my previous blog entry on Firefox versions for Solaris.

If you would like to install multiple versions of Firefox on your Solaris system, you can use the tarballs or my script for renaming a Firefox package.

Firefox for Solaris – latest versions as of Feb. 2009

February 9, 2009

These are the direct links for downloading the latest versions of Firefox for Solaris:

Version x86 SPARC
Firefox 3.0.6 OpenSolaris pkg  |  tar pkg  |  tar
Firefox 3.0.6 Solaris 10 pkg  |  tar pkg  |  tar
Firefox 2.0.0.20 Solaris 10 pkg  |  tar pkg  |  tar
Firefox 2.0.0.20 Solaris 8 pkg  |  tar pkg  |  tar

Note that you can easily install multiple version of Firefox on Solaris, using either the tarballs or my script for renaming a Firefox package.

More on multiple Firefox packages on Solaris

December 30, 2008

After Alfred mentioned my blog entry on installing multiple versions of Firefox on Solaris using pkgadd instead of tar, I tested the package renaming script with Firefox 3.1b2 and found that I cannot extract the version number just from the pkginfo output. Instead, I had to use the VERSION line of the pkginfo -l output.

So I uploaded a changed version of the rename-firefox-pkg script (under its old name, as I only changed one line, and the script still works as before with older packages like Firefox 3.0.5 and Firefox 2.0.0.19).

Firefox for Solaris – latest versions as of Dec. 2008

December 23, 2008

These are the direct links for downloading the latest versions of Firefox for Solaris (thanks to everyone involved for making them avaiable!):

Version x86 SPARC
Firefox 3.0.5 OpenSolaris pkg  |  tar

pkg  |  tar
Firefox 3.0.5 Solaris 10 pkg pkg
Firefox 2.0.0.19 Solaris 10 pkg  |  tar pkg  |  tar
Firefox 2.0.0.19 Solaris 8 pkg  |  tar pkg  |  tar

Note: Firefox 2.0.0.20 was only made available for Windows (an important Firefox fix for Windows was missing in 2.0.0.19).

Getting rid of “Close Firefox – Firefox is already running, but is not responding”

December 2, 2008

Sometimes, one Firefox instance is not enough. For example, if you want to separate two Java applets which otherwise would be using the same instance of the JVM. Or if an application times out and you have to log in again but the application does not clean up its cookies so you would have to close the whole browser with all its tabs before you can restart that application.

You may already have seen this nice picture if you attempt to start a second instance of Firefox, using an already existing profile:

For these cases, I have developed a short script that:

  • creates a new Firefox profile, using the -CreateProfile command line option
  • copies all the files from another profile (name template, must exist before) to the newly created profile directory
  • runs firefox -P <new profile> -no-remote
  • removes the profile directory afterwards
  • and also cleans up the profiles.ini file.

Any customizing or configuration, like installing add-ons or setting preferences, should be performed in the template profile, as any customizing in the newly created profile will be gone after ending Firefox when using the script. You already know how to start Firefox with profile template, right? If not, it’s: firefox -P template -no-remote

Click here for the script

Oh – although I tested it (on Solaris), using up to 5 Firefox 3 instances and closing them in different orders, there’s absolutely no guarantee, warranty or similar. Feedback is welcome.