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Firefox

Config

Updates

To disable automatic updates you now have to do it though about:config :/

  1. Enter about:config into the address bar,
  2. Search for 'update'
  3. Find app.update.auto
  4. Double-click on that link to change true to false.

Tips'n'Tricks

Address Bar

You can narrow your searches by starting them with:

^ History
* Bookmarks
% Tabs
# Page titles
@ URLs
+ Tags, separate with spaces for multiple

They're easy to forget, but there's a little add-on you can use to remind yourself: location-bar-characters.

Reader View

Reader View is a nice clean way to read stuff online. Makes a lot of news and writing sites actually tolerable. Strips out everything but the text and images. Especially great on mobile, as it will turn pages that aren't designed for a small screen into something comfortable to read in that format.

Some add-ons for enhancing reader view (that I'm yet to test 8-)):

RSS

To add a custom RSS feed reader, so that when you click o nthe 'subscribe' button you can subscribe with your choice of reader, you:

  1. Go to about.config
  2. search for browser.contentHandlers.types
  3. Notice the numbers after them. What we need to do is look at the hiest number, and make three strings with the next number in the sequence.
  4. So right-click > New > String
  5. Enter browser.contentHandlers.types.[number].title, then add the title of your reader.
  6. Enter browser.contentHandlers.types.[number].type, then add application/vnd.mozilla.maybe.feed.
  7. Enter browser.contentHandlers.types.[number].uri, then add the URL for your readers 'add feed' function placing a %s where the feed's URL should go. This last part's the trickiest to describe, 'cause it's gunna differ for each reader. But I'll add examples below
  8. Restart Firefox.
Reader String
FreshRSS [url]/i/?c=feed&a=add&url_rss=%s

See Also

Troubleshooting

Browser works, pages don't load

Sometimes after a crash Firefox will start-up just fine, but pages won't load. Deleting ~/.cache/mozilla seems to fix it.

I ended up making an alias in my .bashrc:

alias fix-firefox='rm -rf ~/.cache/mozilla/firefox'
tool/software/firefox.txt · Last modified: 2019/09/05 04:31 by rjt