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Mozilla Firefox complaints

OK, this is easily the best browser I ever used. I *love* it!

But why oh why do they have to make it so hard to move settings around? I mean, if you’re into the Mozilla suite, you’re the type of guy that uses Mozilla today, Firefox and Thunderbird tomorrow, and then goes back to Mozilla the day after that.

Right now, this not only means copying stuff around in your prefs directory, nooooo – you also need to edit prefs.js manually, create empty profiles, edit the absolute path in preferences, copy cookies and password settings, re-install themes and extensions (what the hell was the URL for that nifty one again? Why are my icons in thunderbird different after that install?).

Not nice. Not at all. Not as it should be.

Here’s what I think they should do to end this once and for all: create a top level directory “Mozilla” in the prefs directory and have sub directories that belong to the components, i.e. “profiles”, “browser”, “email”, “suite” etc.. Use neutral names that can stay even after you’ve gone through “Phoenix”, “Firebird” and “Firefox” (no one cares if these names fit the application’s names).

The only absolute path will be the one leading to the top level directory, and that one can usually be guessed for each OS (i.e. “Mozilla” in the directory where prefs are being stored). Anything else uses relative addressing to that directory. The suite and the components should share the same directories – I mean, come on, I can understand why other apps are not that clever, but cleverness is supposed to be an advantage for Open Source, right?

If done like that, noone would ever need to copy stuff around, you might even be able to use a server based directory from multiple machines.

Any reasons why this shouldn’t be possible? Find ’em and kill ’em ;)

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  1. I think Firefox settings aren’t all compatible with Mozilla’s. I agree Firefox and Thunderbird should have some kindof Import Settings feature, which supports importing from other Mozilla products.
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  2. I think Firefox settings aren't all compatible with Mozilla's. I agree Firefox and Thunderbird should have some kindof Import Settings feature, which supports importing from other Mozilla products.
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  3. Yeah, but why does it *have* to be different in the first place???? After all, all the apps need the same kind of information. Normalize it, and you’re fine without importing. If you have Mozilla *and* Firefox *and* Thunderbird on your PC, why do they have to use different data????

  4. Yeah, but why does it *have* to be different in the first place???? After all, all the apps need the same kind of information. Normalize it, and you're fine without importing. If you have Mozilla *and* Firefox *and* Thunderbird on your PC, why do they have to use different data????

  5. FireFox 2 just terrible.. always hung with the shitty memory issue….. use over 100MB.. what is going on.. i still like the old firefox..

  6. FireFox 2 just terrible.. always hung with the shitty memory issue….. use over 100MB.. what is going on.. i still like the old firefox..

  7. For years, I never had a problem with the
    Mozilla Firefox. Recently, the search
    engine has listed litigation engaged in
    years ago at the beginning of the search
    under my name. For instance, I own an
    earthquake patent. Previously, I took
    the Patent Office to the Appellate Court.
    They ruled against me. I refiled the patent and won a patent within months
    of the adverse ruling. Mozilla Firefox
    publishes the Appellate Court ruling
    previous to my patent. Who is in charge
    of the search engine?

  8. For years, I never had a problem with the
    Mozilla Firefox. Recently, the search
    engine has listed litigation engaged in
    years ago at the beginning of the search
    under my name. For instance, I own an
    earthquake patent. Previously, I took
    the Patent Office to the Appellate Court.
    They ruled against me. I refiled the patent and won a patent within months
    of the adverse ruling. Mozilla Firefox
    publishes the Appellate Court ruling
    previous to my patent. Who is in charge
    of the search engine?

  9. I was just wondering why upon opening my Firefox browser, I just suddenly lost ally my bookmarks which I’ve carefully organized for a very long time?

    I thought I’ve got a very secured browser but now, I’m suffering the agony of building up again my bookmarks.

    Just to tell you, three of my other friends who are Firefox users also experienced the same irritating problem. Why? Why? Why?

  10. I was just wondering why upon opening my Firefox browser, I just suddenly lost ally my bookmarks which I’ve carefully organized for a very long time?

    I thought I’ve got a very secured browser but now, I’m suffering the agony of building up again my bookmarks.

    Just to tell you, three of my other friends who are Firefox users also experienced the same irritating problem. Why? Why? Why?

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