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[Fx79] Experimental Features [Fx81] Environment Variables (was: Firefox 81 shows environment variables)

  1. Noticed this bug landed in Nightly.

    • Bug 1361712 - List environment variables Firefox pays attention to in about:support [81]
    Noticed this bug landed in Nightly. *[https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1361712 Bug 1361712] - List environment variables Firefox pays attention to in about:support [81]
  2. Thanks. Ill set up a Needs Change entry.

    Thanks. Ill set up a Needs Change entry.
  3. Ok, so from what I understand, the above bug talks about putting together a list on Environment Variables that affect Firefox. While that is something that is interesting and all, that doesn't really make much sense to put in this specific article since this article is about the "Troubleshooting Information" page that exists in firefox. The "Troubleshooting Information" page does not include Environment Variables on it (that I can tell anyway), so it would not make sense to list Environment Variables that affect Firefox here.

    All the same, this kind of information might be useful in other troubleshooting articles (like Websites Won't Load or Fix Audio Problems)

    For the specific request of listing environment variables that affect Firefox, well, that could potentially be an article on its own, depending on what other people think of it. Since I had trouble researching information on what environment variables affect Firefox, however, it could be a difficult article to create(or I could just be really bad at it idk).

    Ok, so from what I understand, the above bug talks about putting together a list on Environment Variables that affect Firefox. While that is something that is interesting and all, that doesn't really make much sense to put in this specific article since this article is about the "Troubleshooting Information" page that exists in firefox. The "Troubleshooting Information" page does not include Environment Variables on it (that I can tell anyway), so it would not make sense to list Environment Variables that affect Firefox here. All the same, this kind of information might be useful in other troubleshooting articles (like [https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/websites-dont-load-troubleshoot-and-fix-errors Websites Won't Load] or [https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/fix-video-audio-problems-firefox-windows Fix Audio Problems]) For the specific request of listing environment variables that affect Firefox, well, that could potentially be an article on its own, depending on what other people think of it. Since I had trouble researching information on what environment variables affect Firefox, however, it could be a difficult article to create(or I could just be really bad at it idk).
  4. This is merely about adding a Environment Variables section for Firefox 81 and later below the Media section in this article to explain its presence and what it is used for like is done for the other sections. It includes for instance (simulated) MOZ_NO_REMOTE and MOZ_CRASHREPORTER variables.

    There is an Experimental Features section present in Firefox 79 and later that shows if features that are considered experimental are enabled. I assume that these features are only enabled in Beta/DE and Nightly builds and are disabled in release versions unless enabled explicitly by the user.

    This is merely about adding a Environment Variables section for Firefox 81 and later below the Media section in this article to explain its presence and what it is used for like is done for the other sections. It includes for instance (simulated) MOZ_NO_REMOTE and MOZ_CRASHREPORTER variables. *https://searchfox.org/mozilla-beta/source/toolkit/content/aboutSupport.xhtml#485 *https://searchfox.org/mozilla-beta/source/toolkit/content/aboutSupport.js#357 There is an Experimental Features section present in Firefox 79 and later that shows if features that are considered experimental are enabled. I assume that these features are only enabled in Beta/DE and Nightly builds and are disabled in release versions unless enabled explicitly by the user. *https://searchfox.org/mozilla-beta/source/toolkit/content/aboutSupport.xhtml#502 *https://searchfox.org/mozilla-beta/source/toolkit/content/aboutSupport.js#330 *[https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1644542 Bug 1644542] - Include experimental features in about:support [79]
  5. Terribly sorry about the confusion! I was looking at v80 of Firefox, not the beta version. For some reason, I didn't realize you were talking about the beta. I'll look into getting something done for that, assuming someone else doesn't get to it first.

    Terribly sorry about the confusion! I was looking at v80 of Firefox, not the beta version. For some reason, I didn't realize you were talking about the beta. I'll look into getting something done for that, assuming someone else doesn't get to it first.

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  6. Alright, I submitted an edit that adds a very basic summary of what environment variables are and what they show in the troubleshooting section. I'm not that confident in the information that I put up (since I don't have much experience working with environment variables) so let me know if I should go back through and change something, or do anything else with it.

    Alright, I submitted an edit that adds a very basic summary of what environment variables are and what they show in the troubleshooting section. I'm not that confident in the information that I put up (since I don't have much experience working with environment variables) so let me know if I should go back through and change something, or do anything else with it.
  7. We should also add a Experimental features section (above "Important Modified Preferences") for Firefox 79 and above.

    By the way, there's a Remote Processes section underneath "Firefox Features" (since at least Firefox 68) but we don't mention it. More importantly, the "Extensions" section is now named Add-ons (since at least Firefox 80).

    We should also add a '''Experimental features''' section (above "Important Modified Preferences") for Firefox 79 and above. By the way, there's a '''Remote Processes''' section underneath "Firefox Features" (since at least Firefox 68) but we don't mention it. More importantly, the "Extensions" section is now named '''Add-ons''' (since at least Firefox 80).
  8. At the moment we have two sections named "Experimental Features" in this article, the "old one" referring to the Telemetry data. Don't think telemetry is still shown in the troubleshooting information (about support) its Information can be gathered in about:telemetry.

    The telemetry experimental features section should either be removed completely or wrapped in mark-up for the versions when telemetry data was shown in the troubleshooting information. Now the section title "Experimental Features" is used for "This section shows whether features that are considered experimental are enabled or disabled", this is wrapped in mark-up {for fx79} and this section has nothing to do with telemetry.

    At the moment we have two sections named "Experimental Features" in this article, the "old one" referring to the Telemetry data. Don't think telemetry is still shown in the troubleshooting information (about support) its Information can be gathered in about:telemetry. The telemetry experimental features section should either be removed completely or wrapped in mark-up for the versions when telemetry data was shown in the troubleshooting information. Now the section title "Experimental Features" is used for "This section shows whether features that are considered experimental are enabled or disabled", this is wrapped in mark-up {for fx79} and this section has nothing to do with telemetry.
  9. I checked in Firefox 68esr and there is no Experimental Features section. I'll remove the "old" one.

    I checked in Firefox 68esr and there is no Experimental Features section. I'll remove the "old" one.