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Multifox fix for future versions of FireFox?

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After a FF upgrade (from maybe version 17 or 19 to version 22 I think, I'm a little late in complaining about this), the Multifox functionality stopped working. Now, when one tries to open a new identity profile (enabling multiple Yahoo or Gmail accounts to be open at the same time), there's an error message:

"Multifox is not available from private windows. Please try again from a regular window."

I was previously able to "privately browse" by turning off the history, etc., and this had no bearing on my ability to open a new identity profile window. Are there plans to restore this? I don't ever store history, but I'd like to see multiple e-mail accounts simultaneously. It's really a shame that this got "fixed".

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Private Browsing and not saving browser history aren't exactly the same thing. In Options > Privacy you can disable Remember my browsing history and download history and not enable Private Browsing.

Have you tried doing it in that manner?
YMMV, I haven't tried it myself, so it is just a suggestion

As far as Firefox rote behavior, IMO the place to look for a "solution" for multiple simultaneous logins to the same server is with the Multi-Fox developer.

Unlike many other browsers out there, Firefox uses one executable instance for all open windows and tabs. and IMO until Mozilla changes to separate instances per window (as with IE) or multiple instances per tab (as I am told Chrome does) there isn't going to be a true solution beyond what an add-on may provide.

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the-edmeister
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Contact information for the developer of MultiFox is here:
http://br.mozdev.org/multifox/bugs.html

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Thanks, but I was asking here because when this problem first occurred (months ago), I found chatter about it on mozilla forums.

https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=777620 https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=463027

cor-el
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Note that you already get a new set of cookies that are shared among all open Private Browsing mode windows and tabs. Apparently you can't have different cookie sets among Private Browsing mode windows, only in normal windows.

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Speaking as a user, it's too bad this has turned into an either/or proposition. I'd love to have no browser history as a permanent setting and still be able to have multiple e-mail accounts open.

I just wanted to ask whether this bug was still up for discussion in the mozilla community, because it's an important negative in terms of functionality from my perspective, but I guess signs point to no.

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Private Browsing and not saving browser history aren't exactly the same thing. In Options > Privacy you can disable Remember my browsing history and download history and not enable Private Browsing.

Have you tried doing it in that manner?
YMMV, I haven't tried it myself, so it is just a suggestion

As far as Firefox rote behavior, IMO the place to look for a "solution" for multiple simultaneous logins to the same server is with the Multi-Fox developer.

Unlike many other browsers out there, Firefox uses one executable instance for all open windows and tabs. and IMO until Mozilla changes to separate instances per window (as with IE) or multiple instances per tab (as I am told Chrome does) there isn't going to be a true solution beyond what an add-on may provide.

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Aha! I never thought to turn off history through the "Use custom settings" options rather than simply using "Never remember history".

Going that route allows Multifox to function again.

I agree that add-ons are the responsibility of the developers, but sometimes asking firefox experts is the key to resolving certain problems. Thanks for your help.