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Fangs404
Dec 20, 2004

I time bomb.



Useful Links
Main Firefox wiki
Firefox development and new feature status
Wikipedia entry on future Firefox releases
SALR - Something Awful Last Read extension
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Bugzilla - Mozilla's bug tracker. If you think you've found a bug, search here to see if other people have reported it.

Test Releases
Nightly
Aurora/Beta - Aurora releases are essentially alpha releases; they're more stable than nightly but less stable than beta.
The Burning Edge - Changelogs in the nightly releases.

3rd Party Firefox Builds
Note: 64-bit builds (all) do not have an optimized JavaScript engine and have slower JavaScript performance than 32-bit builds (including the official release).

Waterfox - optimized 64-bit Windows build
Pale Moon - optimized 32-bit and unoptimized 64-bit Windows builds
tete009 - optimized 32-bit Windows build
Cyberfox and Cyberfox AMD - optimized 64-bit Windows builds

Firefox is crashing/being slow/acting weird/using a lot of memory. How do I fix it?
  1. Make sure you have the latest version of Firefox and all extensions.
  2. Use https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/plugincheck/ to make sure all plugins are up to date (specifically, ensure Flash is current).
  3. Ensure that you have the latest graphics drivers.
  4. If it's still crashing, disable all extensions. If Firefox acts normal with all extensions disabled, re-enable extensions one by one until you determine the culprit.
  5. If it's still crashing, try recreating a new profile using the built-in Reset Firefox feature.
  6. If it's still crashing, manually create a new profile.
  7. If it's still crashing with a new profile, uninstall and reinstall Firefox.
  8. If it's still crashing after doing all of these things, post in this thread.

Text looks goofy! How can I change how Firefox renders text?
Firefox has 7 different font rendering modes. If you're having issues with how fonts are displayed, try playing with these values. gfx.font_rendering.cleartype_params.rendering_mode is the about :config entry you'll want to change.
  • -1 - Firefox Default
  • 0 - Default
  • 1 - Aliased
  • 2 - GDI Classic
  • 3 - GDI Natural
  • 4 - Natural
  • 5 - Natural Symmetric
This MSDN entry formally defines what the options mean.

Some guys have had success using the following font settings:

code:
gfx.font_rendering.directwrite.enabled: true;
gfx.font_rendering.directwrite.use_gdi_table_loading: false;
gfx.font_rendering.cleartype_params.force_gdi_classic_max_size: 6;
gfx.font_rendering.cleartype_params.force_gdi_classic_for_families: ''; (delete the string)
gfx.font_rendering.cleartype_params.rendering_mode: 5;
I want Firefox to prompt me to save my tabs when I exit!
Set browser.showQuitWarning in about :config to true.

Firefox 7+ no longer shows http:// or https:// in the address bar. How can I get this back?
Set browser.urlbar.trimURLs in about :config to false.

Fangs404 fucked around with this message at Oct 26, 2013 around 00:32

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movax
Aug 30, 2008



Looks good boss. You can pull Firefox 6 straight from FTP as we speak, but looks like the "official" release is for tomorrow (and the builds up there right now are still "not final").

I live and breathe based on Tab Mix Plus, so once that's confirmed working, I'll hit the upgrade button...

gary oldmans diary
Sep 26, 2005

fantastic


I made this batch file to help me clean redundant pages out of my Firefox history like redirects, web carts, error pages, search results, and multiple pages of a single thread.
You have to specify what to remove in 2 other files for that to work, otherwise it just compacts your Firefox history files for you without doing that.
Requires sqlite3.exe.
code:
@echo off
sqlite3.exe -version > nul || goto Nevermind

REM Find Firefox directory and set variables
for /d %%a in ("%appdata%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\*") do set ffprofile=%%a
for %%I in (%ffprofile%\places.sqlite) do set ffplaces=%%~zI

REM Back-up places.sqlite
if exist %ffprofile%\places.sqlite.bak goto Allbackedup
echo Backing-up database
copy %ffprofile%\places.sqlite %ffprofile%\places.sqlite.bak
:Allbackedup
echo Back-up file exists

REM Clear redundant or unwanted pages from Firefox history and superbar.
REM List phrases to match webpage titles to be removed line-by-line in clear_title.txt and
REM List partial URLs to match URLs to be removed line-by-line in clear_url.txt
echo Removing file-specified entries...
if exist clear_url.txt for /f "delims=" %%a IN (clear_url.txt) DO ^
sqlite3 %ffprofile%\places.sqlite "delete from moz_places where url like '%%%%a%%';"
if not exist clear_url.txt echo Clear_url.txt does not exist.
if exist clear_title.txt for /f "delims=" %%a IN (clear_title.txt) DO ^
sqlite3 %ffprofile%\places.sqlite "delete from moz_places where title like '%%%%a%%';"
if not exist clear_title.txt echo Clear_title.txt does not exist.

REM Compact Firefox sqlite files
echo Compacting database files...
for %%a in (%ffprofile%\*.sqlite) do sqlite3 %%a vacuum

REM Pause to check the size, then bye
dir %ffprofile%\places.sqlite
echo This is the size of the main database file, now.
for %%I in (%ffprofile%\places.sqlite) do set /a ffplaces=%ffplaces%-%%~zI
echo It is %ffplaces% bytes smaller now than before cleaning it
pause
echo on

@exit /b

:Nevermind
REM  If you don't have sqlite3.exe
echo Get sqlite3.exe and try this again
echo on

ryanbruce
May 1, 2002

The "Dell Dude"


Hogburto posted:

I made this batch file to help me clean redundant pages out of my Firefox history like redirects, web carts, error pages, search results, and multiple pages of a single thread.
You have to specify what to remove in 2 other files for that to work, otherwise it just compacts your Firefox history files for you without doing that.

So if you last read page 14 of a thread after reading 1-13 it removes 1-13?

..or is that what you have in the .txt file?

gary oldmans diary
Sep 26, 2005

fantastic


ryanbruce posted:

So if you last read page 14 of a thread after reading 1-13 it removes 1-13?

..or is that what you have in the .txt file?
To clear out pages after the 1st by how most forums software names page urls, I'd generally add to clear_url.txt:
&page=
&pagenumber=


I haven't really filled those files out to much. I still want to output all the URLs and titles from my history and build and sort it out by frequency to find better patterns to match useless pages.
Edit: I think most people would probably just use it to remove porn sites from their history.

gary oldmans diary fucked around with this message at Aug 16, 2011 around 03:48

MachinTrucChose
Jun 25, 2009


Won't the thread title become outdated by next week?

I updated to FF4, really hated it (I don't like it when the interface changes for no positive reason), and moved to Opera. Been using it for about 6 weeks. Good browser, but it's just not as good in terms of extensions.

But the move made me realize something. I don't like Firefox, and I don't miss it. There's nothing special about the vanilla browser other than the fact that it's open-source. It's the 3rd-party extensions that make it special.

So I'm planning on going back to FF3.x until the dust settles. If by FF8 (which supposedly really improves performance) the extension API is stable and all my favorite extensions are on board and and they fixed all those BS compatibility issues and it's all merry and future-proof, I'll update and I'll try to adapt to their poo poo interface. If not, hopefully a lot of those extension people will have written Opera versions by then, and I can move back to Opera. And if not that, then I'll just keep using 3.x until the Internet ends.

dissss
Nov 10, 2007


MachinTrucChose posted:

I updated to FF4, really hated it (I don't like it when the interface changes for no positive reason), and moved to Opera. Been using it for about 6 weeks. Good browser, but it's just not as good in terms of extensions.


Thats funny because the Firefox 4 and Opera UIs are pretty much identical.

Nintendo Kid
Aug 4, 2011

Trophy-ko says:
~death to capitalism~
;3


MachinTrucChose posted:

Won't the thread title become outdated by next week?

I updated to FF4, really hated it (I don't like it when the interface changes for no positive reason), and moved to Opera. Been using it for about 6 weeks. Good browser, but it's just not as good in terms of extensions.

But the move made me realize something. I don't like Firefox, and I don't miss it. There's nothing special about the vanilla browser other than the fact that it's open-source. It's the 3rd-party extensions that make it special.

So I'm planning on going back to FF3.x until the dust settles. If by FF8 (which supposedly really improves performance) the extension API is stable and all my favorite extensions are on board and and they fixed all those BS compatibility issues and it's all merry and future-proof, I'll update and I'll try to adapt to their poo poo interface. If not, hopefully a lot of those extension people will have written Opera versions by then, and I can move back to Opera. And if not that, then I'll just keep using 3.x until the Internet ends.

There is almost no extension compatibility issues, 3.x is old and slow I have no idea why you'd willingly use it. All versions of firefox 4 and up vastly improve performance.

Sedes
Jun 7, 2007


trandorian posted:

There is almost no extension compatibility issues, 3.x is old and slow I have no idea why you'd willingly use it. All versions of firefox 4 and up vastly improve performance.

On my laptop (and some of my friends' hardware) FF 4 / 5 actually proved to workslower and be a massive resource hog compared to FF 3.5. It has gone so far as to act subpar compared to IE9 with 10-20 tabs open and say 2-3 flash objects active, where it tended to freeze and/or crap itself while IE worked just fine (albeit slower). I'm using Win 7 x64 Prof on an intel i7 and 4 gigs of DDR3 RAM and I haven't been using FF because I cannot be sure if it suddenly won't go catatonic

Basically any version above 3.5 (I don't recall what was the case with 3.6.+) proved to be vastly inferior to the previous releases in terms of resource management / stability. Although it really works nice if there are only 3-5 tabs open (which usually isn't the case when I'm using it).

And it's a crying shame, as I was really pleased with the new Opera-like menu look

Small edit: For reference, I had no problems at all running sessions with up to 319 tabs open (one time record, don't ask, don't remember why) in FF 3.5.

Sedes fucked around with this message at Aug 16, 2011 around 11:52

palit
Nov 30, 2007
Nobody's boy

Yeah, I used 3.6.something and then waited until Firefox 5 before upgrading.

For the first week everything was fine. Then I started getting waves of disk thrashing. They were all the same, I was just clicking around when suddenly Firefox became unresponsive, disk thrashing and using 100% CPU on 1 core. This lasted for about 10 seconds, not a long time but they came so often that after two weeks I had it and downgraded to 3.6.19.

I tried everything too. Disabling page prefetching, hardware acceleration, limiting disk cache, etc. Nothing worked. Oh yeah, clean profile too of course.

So here's waiting for Firefox 6 to try again. Hopefully with better luck.
Or maybe someone knows the solution to this?

movax
Aug 30, 2008



MachinTrucChose posted:

Won't the thread title become outdated by next week?

Oh sorry, bro, Chrome thread is that way

FF5 is pretty speedy for me, considering I leave it open 24/7 with like 110 tabs. 3.5 would get cranky after awhile, but 5 handles the obnoxious number of tabs happily.

For some reason though, I've never been a huge user of Firefox on OS X, I stick to Chrome/Safari. Firefox just seems...slower on OS X.

mobn
May 23, 2005

by Ozmaugh


MachinTrucChose posted:

Won't the thread title become outdated by next week?

I updated to FF4, really hated it (I don't like it when the interface changes for no positive reason), and moved to Opera. Been using it for about 6 weeks. Good browser, but it's just not as good in terms of extensions.

But the move made me realize something. I don't like Firefox, and I don't miss it. There's nothing special about the vanilla browser other than the fact that it's open-source. It's the 3rd-party extensions that make it special.

So I'm planning on going back to FF3.x until the dust settles. If by FF8 (which supposedly really improves performance) the extension API is stable and all my favorite extensions are on board and and they fixed all those BS compatibility issues and it's all merry and future-proof, I'll update and I'll try to adapt to their poo poo interface. If not, hopefully a lot of those extension people will have written Opera versions by then, and I can move back to Opera. And if not that, then I'll just keep using 3.x until the Internet ends.

How does it feel to be a future member of a botnet?

Xenomorph
Jun 13, 2001


MachinTrucChose posted:

Won't the thread title become outdated by next week?

I updated to FF4, really hated it (I don't like it when the interface changes for no positive reason), and moved to Opera. Been using it for about 6 weeks. Good browser, but it's just not as good in terms of extensions.

But the move made me realize something. I don't like Firefox, and I don't miss it. There's nothing special about the vanilla browser other than the fact that it's open-source. It's the 3rd-party extensions that make it special.

So I'm planning on going back to FF3.x until the dust settles. If by FF8 (which supposedly really improves performance) the extension API is stable and all my favorite extensions are on board and and they fixed all those BS compatibility issues and it's all merry and future-proof, I'll update and I'll try to adapt to their poo poo interface. If not, hopefully a lot of those extension people will have written Opera versions by then, and I can move back to Opera. And if not that, then I'll just keep using 3.x until the Internet ends.

I don't get the "interface" issues people have with Firefox. With just a few clicks, version 4/5/6 (and probably 7 and beyond) can look just like Firefox 3, 2, or whatever.
Put the tabs on bottom, put the status bar back, etc.

mobn
May 23, 2005

by Ozmaugh


Xenomorph posted:

I don't get the "interface" issues people have with Firefox. With just a few clicks, version 4/5/6 (and probably 7 and beyond) can look just like Firefox 3, 2, or whatever.
Put the tabs on bottom, put the status bar back, etc.

These are the same people who turn off Aero in Windows 7 and then bitch about how it doesn't perform any differently from XP or Vista.

Fangs404
Dec 20, 2004

I time bomb.

Xenomorph posted:

I don't get the "interface" issues people have with Firefox. With just a few clicks, version 4/5/6 (and probably 7 and beyond) can look just like Firefox 3, 2, or whatever.
Put the tabs on bottom, put the status bar back, etc.

Yeah, I feel the same way. You can still get the performance/under-the-hood improvements by customizing the theme/userChrome.css if you really don't like the interface. But then again, I still don't understand how you can't like the interface. 4/5/6 is so much cleaner than 3.x.

My FF5 just auto-updated for 6. It's gone live!

m2pt5
May 18, 2005

THAT GOD DAMN MOSQUITO JUST KEEPS COMING BACK


Is there a way to turn off the domain name highlighting in the address bar in Firefox 6? It's annoying.

Fake edit: This poo poo:

Fangs404
Dec 20, 2004

I time bomb.

m2pt5 posted:

Is there a way to turn off the domain name highlighting in the address bar in Firefox 6? It's annoying.

Fake edit: This poo poo:


http://blog.ffextensionguru.com/201...g-in-firefox-6/

  1. In a new tab paste & go about :config into the address bar
  2. If needed…Click the I’ll be careful, I promised button.
  3. Filter for browser.urlbar.formatting.enabled
  4. Double-click to change the value to False
  5. Close the tab. Changes take effect immediately.

m2pt5
May 18, 2005

THAT GOD DAMN MOSQUITO JUST KEEPS COMING BACK


Much better, thank you.

Lysidas
Jul 26, 2002

John Diefenbaker is a madman who thinks he's John Diefenbaker.


I wonder how this will work with Ubuntu's release versioning. It used to be that an Ubuntu release would fix the major and minor versions of Firefox (along with everything else on the system), so e.g. Maverick will always have Firefox 3.6. Natty shipped with Firefox 4, but will automatically update you to 5. I wonder what the cutoff will be. Oneiric is coming along nicely (at least the Kubuntu daily builds that I've been playing with), so it wouldn't surprise me if Natty will stay with version 5.

TheDukeOfFail
Nov 1, 2009


Lysidas posted:

I wonder how this will work with Ubuntu's release versioning. It used to be that an Ubuntu release would fix the major and minor versions of Firefox (along with everything else on the system), so e.g. Maverick will always have Firefox 3.6. Natty shipped with Firefox 4, but will automatically update you to 5. I wonder what the cutoff will be. Oneiric is coming along nicely (at least the Kubuntu daily builds that I've been playing with), so it wouldn't surprise me if Natty will stay with version 5.

I think I read that the Ubuntu guys decided that keeping browsers up to date was a good thing, so this isn't such an issue any more.

Bieeardo
Aug 21, 2000

Someone bold, someone blue, someone borrowed, someone new...



Yes, thank you. Bolding the domain would have been fine, but making the rest more difficult to read was unacceptable.

unruly
May 12, 2002

YES!!!

Sigh.

So, if you use 'overflow-y: scroll' on Lion, you get an empty scroll bar ALONGSIDE the 'regular' scroll bar.

FIREFOXXXXXXX!!!

The Dark One
Aug 19, 2005

I'm your friend and I'm not going to just stand by and let you do this!


Bieeardo posted:

Yes, thank you. Bolding the domain would have been fine, but making the rest more difficult to read was unacceptable.

Changing the weight would have meant the length of the url would change when you clicked in the field. That's worse, in my opinion.

mobn
May 23, 2005

by Ozmaugh


The Dark One posted:

Changing the weight would have meant the length of the url would change when you clicked in the field. That's worse, in my opinion.

They could make the url pink or bright blue or something.

The great M
Sep 10, 2010

The prince.

And then you.

Is anyone having trouble with Chatzilla with Firefox 6? The chat window doesn't seem to scroll correctly after the update anymore.

edit: nevermind, looks like my out of date theme was at fault.

The great M fucked around with this message at Aug 16, 2011 around 21:49

Fangs404
Dec 20, 2004

I time bomb.

Were there any performance improvements in 6? I don't know if it's placebo, but 6 feels snappier than 5.

Ryokurin
Jul 14, 2001

Wanna Die?

I believe it was supposed to be a little bit faster for Linux users because they switched compilers but the big speed/memory increases are for 7 and 8.

gary oldmans diary
Sep 26, 2005

fantastic


Ryokurin posted:

I believe it was supposed to be a little bit faster for Linux users because they switched compilers but the big speed/memory increases are for 7 and 8.
So not until next week, then.

Toast Museum
Dec 3, 2005

30% Iron Chef


mobn posted:

These are the same people who turn off Aero in Windows 7 and then bitch about how it doesn't perform any differently from XP or Vista.

I don't think that's entirely fair. Aero and the new start menu are pretty unambiguous improvements over XP. Tabs-on-top saves some space, but it takes longer to navigate menus with the consolidated menu button.

mobn
May 23, 2005

by Ozmaugh


Toast Museum posted:

I don't think that's entirely fair. Aero and the new start menu are pretty unambiguous improvements over XP. Tabs-on-top saves some space, but it takes longer to navigate menus with the consolidated menu button.

But you very rarely need to get at anything that's been collapsed into the menu button unless you're doing some configuration. It's totally ancillary to normal browsing.

Nam Taf
Jun 25, 2005

I am Fat Man, hear me roar!


My forward and back buttons are hosed. Often I'll hit back and it'll do nothing - I have to press it a second time for anything to happen. Then when it does go back, it greys out the forward button so I can't go forward back to the newest page.

If I press it once and it doesn't go back, the forward button ungreys but pressing it seems to only refresh the page newest page, which I never left. I don't even know this poo poo's bonkers.

Buff Skeleton
Oct 24, 2005



Interesting - I hadn't heard of Waterfox before. How does it compare to Pale Moon?

dissss
Nov 10, 2007


Nam Taf posted:

My forward and back buttons are hosed. Often I'll hit back and it'll do nothing - I have to press it a second time for anything to happen. Then when it does go back, it greys out the forward button so I can't go forward back to the newest page.

If I press it once and it doesn't go back, the forward button ungreys but pressing it seems to only refresh the page newest page, which I never left. I don't even know this poo poo's bonkers.

Its something to do with ads.

With Adblock Plus switched off I see that behaviour, with it on everything works smoothly

ante
Apr 9, 2005

No... Not without incident.

Is there an extension that will add my custom search sites (wikipedia, google maps, pornsite.ca, etc) to the right-click contextual menu à la the Google toolbar?

Preferably integrating with the search engines in my FF search bar (that I've added those custom sites with the "Add to Search Bar" extension)?

LoKout
Apr 2, 2003

Professional Fetus Taster

Toast Museum posted:

Tabs-on-top saves some space, but it takes longer to navigate menus with the consolidated menu button.

It sure does sometimes. Fortunately the Alt key will make the "old" menu pop back into place and you can navigate from there.

Fangs404
Dec 20, 2004

I time bomb.

Waffnuffly posted:

Interesting - I hadn't heard of Waterfox before. How does it compare to Pale Moon?

I personally haven't used any 3rd party builds. They seem useful, though - enabling SSE/SSE2 and whatnot.

I just added Pale Moon and 2 others to the OP.

Toast Museum
Dec 3, 2005

30% Iron Chef


For some reason I thought the Firefox button and tabs-on-top were related. If I can save some space and keep the tabs on the bottom, I'm good with that. Moving the tabs to the top doesn't put them inline with the Firefox button anyway, so in terms of space usage it doesn't seem to matter whether the tabs are on top or bottom.

Bicycle SexFucker
Aug 15, 2007

I have zero interest in marriage.


Toast Museum posted:

For some reason I thought the Firefox button and tabs-on-top were related. If I can save some space and keep the tabs on the bottom, I'm good with that. Moving the tabs to the top doesn't put them inline with the Firefox button anyway, so in terms of space usage it doesn't seem to matter whether the tabs are on top or bottom.

What? It saves quite a bit of space having them on top.

The firefox button and tabs are inline with eachother.

Golbez
Oct 9, 2002

SHATNER SECRETS

Neu posted:

What? It saves quite a bit of space having them on top.

The firefox button and tabs are inline with eachother.

When the window is maximized.

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Fangs404
Dec 20, 2004

I time bomb.

Golbez posted:

When the window is maximized.

Something like https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fi...firefox-button/ would solve the problem.

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