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[20081028] Outsmarted by "smart" software: Firefox
Last week I installed Firefox3 on my laptop, working from a remote machine with X redirection. After the installation, starting up the "firefox3" binary worked swiftly, and checking the version (Help-menu -> About) gave me:

Wait, what's that?! I've installed FF3, why is it showing FF2?!?

The problem remained, and reinstalling the FF3 binary package didn't work. After returning to the problem today, I moved away my ~/.mozilla directory, and starting up FF3 still had all my toolbars, bookmarks etc. Initial confusion led to quick enlightenment: The Firefox2 running wasn't actually from the remote (NetBSD) laptop, but from the local (desktop) machine! The machines do not have a common file system, but I have bookmarks etc. synchronized, that's why I didn't notice that I was using the local firefox.

So what happened? Apparently the remote FF3 is smart and recognizes that there's already some other instance of the browser running on the target display, and instead of starting a separate instance on the remove machine, it'll communicate to the already-running firefox to open a new window. This happens even if the versions differ.

After running "firefox --no-remote", I actually got a session from the remote machine, which was what I expected initially:

Lesson learned? Outsmarted by "smart" software. Doh!

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[20080413] firefox-bin: undefined symbol: _ctype_ (fix)
Trying to get the Linux firefox binary going, I got this today:
% firefox-linux 
/usr/pkg/lib/firefox-linux/firefox-bin: symbol lookup error: /usr/X11R6/lib/libfreetype.so.9: undefined symbol: _ctype_ 
After upgrading all the packages, the error persisted (doh). After some digging, the solution is quite simple:
% unsetenv LD_LIBRARY_PATH


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[20070323] Faster Firefox
Found via DragonFly BSD Digest and the NetBSD News Beat, there was a mail on pkgsrc-users@ that describes how to speed up firefox by disabling some codepaths:

 env MOZ_DISABLE_PANGO=1 firefox & 
I don't have numbers, but it does feel faster, on a 800MHz PC running NetBSD 4.0_BETA2/i386 with firefox2-gtk1. Thanks Blair!

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[20061115] Search-engine for pkgsrc in Firefox 2
The NetBSD.se team has a nice frontend to pkgsrc, and Viktor Homlund from the NetBSD.se team wrote me that there's a search-engine plugin for pkgsrc.se in Firefox 2 now available. Available are searches in comments, for maintainers and a general package search.

For those not sure what this is about: you probably know the Google search box in Firefox. This can replaced with other search engines in FF2, and there's your favourite cool aid now. See the upper right corner of this screenshot for how it looks, and what it returns.

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[20051201] Firefox 1.5 progress
Geert Hendrickx posted a work-in-progress package for Firefox 1.5 some time ago. After noone did anything, I picked it up yesterday and played with it. It compiled, but it didn't run. With some help from Martin Husemann I got it working, only to learn that Geert made some good progress in the mean time, esp. not only with the gtk1+ and (dog-slow) gtk2+ toolkits, but also with the Xlib based toolkit. Yumm, looking forward to the pkg!

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