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Mac OS: How do I target a specific instance of Firefox from the command line when more than one instance is running?

I use different instance of FF with different profiles as front ends for specific php applications. Sometimes when I launch a new instance via the backend script of a GUI… (read more)

I use different instance of FF with different profiles as front ends for specific php applications. Sometimes when I launch a new instance via the backend script of a GUI app I've created, even though the command line arguments for the firefox binary specify the url, the instance sometimes fails to open the url and stays at the default home page. I'd like to avoid having to set the target url in the preferences for the FF profile and instead load it from the command line, as I set the url in a config file for my GUI app and don't want to have it set in multiple places.

Obviously I can get the PID of the instance, but then how would I use that (or the firefox binary) to tell that instance to open a specific URL?

Code from the script that launches FF: (included variable are defined previously)

   browserlaunchcmd="$browserdir/Firefox.app/Contents/MacOS/firefox -P $browserprofile -no-remote \"http://$webdomain/\""
   ...
   eval "$browserlaunchcmd"

Asked by firefox.com14 3 months ago

Last reply by firefox.com14 3 months ago

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What happened to the downloads window?

It used to be when I pressed Command-J (or selected Downloads from the Tools menu) a separate window would open showing the downloads history. But now it opens a new tab … (read more)

It used to be when I pressed Command-J (or selected Downloads from the Tools menu) a separate window would open showing the downloads history. But now it opens a new tab in the current window instead. How can I get it back to opening in its own window?

Asked by tony_w 3 months ago

Answered by tony_w 3 months ago

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javascript settimer broken FF 73.0

I have the following Javascript code which has been working for over 10 years and still works on Chrome, but does not work on FF 73.0 on Ubuntu Linux. ``` /**************… (read more)

I have the following Javascript code which has been working for over 10 years and still works on Chrome, but does not work on FF 73.0 on Ubuntu Linux.

```

/************************************************************************

*  timer														        *
*																		*
*  This timer is started whenever the user presses a key in the input	*
*  field and pops if 0.9 second passes without a new keystroke			*
************************************************************************/

var timer = null;

/************************************************************************

*  function onKeyDownName												*
*																		*
*  This method is called when a key is pressed in the Name field.		*
*  A timer is set so that when the user stops typing the selection		*
*  list is repopulated.												*
*																		*
*  Input:																*
*		event	if passed, event.keyCode identifies the key pressed		*
*				in older releases of Internet Explorer use window.event	*
************************************************************************/

function onKeyDownName(event) {

   if (timer)

clearTimeout(timer);

   timer	= setTimeout(update, 900);

} // function onKeyDownName

/************************************************************************

*  function update														*
*																		*
*  This method is called when the user stops typing to repopulate		*
*  the selection list based upon the current contents of the Name		*
*  field.  It is also the onchange method for the following fields:	*
*  'birthmin', 'birthmax', 'incMarried', 'includeParents',				*
*  'includeSpouse', and 'Sex', and it is called by the onchange		*
*  method for the field 'treeName'.									*
************************************************************************/

function update() {

   var	form	= document.nameForm;
   if (form)
   {		// form present

var url = "/FamilyTree/getIndivNamesXml.php"; ... code to complete url by appending values of elements from form // invoke script to obtain list of names for selection list HTTP.getXML(url, // see O'Reilly Javascript gotNames, noNames);

// clear out the old selection list while we are waiting var select = form.individ; select.options.length = 0;

// put a dummy entry at the top of the selection, otherwise // selecting the first name does not call onchange var name = '[choose an individual]'; var option = new Option(name, -1, false, false); option.innerHTML = '[choose an individual]'; select.appendChild(option);

   }		// form present
   else
       alert("nominalIndex.js:update: cannot find form");

} // function update ```


When I put alerts into nameOnKeyDown and update I see that nameOnKeyDown is called but update is never called.

You can see the above code in action at https://www.jamescobban.net/FamilyTree/nominalIndex.php?name=allenby,%20a&treename=&lang=en

This code has worked for over 10 years, and still is working today on Chrome, but the timer never pops on Firefox 73.0 on Ubuntu Linux 19.10.

Asked by jamescobban 3 months ago

Answered by Roland Tanglao 3 months ago

I am not sure why is the Firfox only browser which do not show burmese font correcty ?

I have tried myself to create a website with some burmese font. But found a lot of burmese sites are embeded the font but still Firefox is the only one browser which cann… (read more)

I have tried myself to create a website with some burmese font. But found a lot of burmese sites are embeded the font but still Firefox is the only one browser which cannot show correctly. I like to know why and is there any way to solve this ? Now on mac NOTO SAN is include and we do not need to install any of burmese font but still Firefox is expection. Seems like Firefox is leaving burmese people. I mean we have other browsers like chrome and safari but Firefox used to be the one and only application for us.

Asked by mrzay 3 months ago

Last reply by cor-el 3 months ago

Add-on "I don't care about cookies" not working properly in FF anymore

There's an add-on that filters out those annoying "This website uses cookies" warnings. A very useful add-on. But since a couple of months, it doesn't work well anymore. … (read more)

There's an add-on that filters out those annoying "This website uses cookies" warnings. A very useful add-on. But since a couple of months, it doesn't work well anymore. According to the maker, the problem only occurs in FF on Win, not in Chrome/Opera and not in FF on Linux. And he states that he contacted FF, but that FF didn't do anything to resolve the problem. See https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/i-dont-care-about-cookies/ > Reviews (in the upper right block) > comment by user 13764671 and the reply.

I'd like to know what the status of this reported problem is. Because as I said, it's a very useful add-on. And there's no alternative.

Asked by FrankC 3 months ago

Last reply by FrankC 3 months ago

Firefox suddenly won't open on Mac, despite clean reinstall

I am having a similar ongoing issue with Firefox refusing to open, and none of the fixes I've seen in this forum have worked. When clicking the icon it bounces once and t… (read more)

I am having a similar ongoing issue with Firefox refusing to open, and none of the fixes I've seen in this forum have worked. When clicking the icon it bounces once and then disappears from the dock. Honestly, this started happening about August 2018, and in my troubleshooting decided to give the Developer edition a try, and for some reason that one worked so I stuck with it.

Shortly thereafter (a week or two) whenever I closed down the Mac, Firefox Dev wouldn't re-open. Deleting and reinstalling would work, but I'd have to re-set all my settings, re-activate the theme, etc., and all the browsing history would be lost. So, since then I would rarely shut it down.

A few days ago I had to shut the Mac down completely, but this time Firefox Dev wouldn't open after re-installing. Oddly, I tried regular Firefox again as a solution, and it opened this time. I tested it out by shutting the Mac down completely, then restarting, and it retained all of the settings! I was really glad to once again be able to shut down my laptop at the end of the day without the headache of having to reinstall and re-set everything.

Then this morning, boom - back to the same nonsense, except now it won't open at all. Neither the regular FF or the Developer edition will work. I've done clean uninstalls to see if that was the problem, as in: removed them from the Applications folder, removed them from the Downloads folder, removed the /Firefox folder from user/Library/Application Support/, and emptying the Trash.

I saw in one Support post to delete the fbplugin file, 'as that had been causing Firefox to crash'. The closest I found to an 'fbplugin' file was a bundle-config.1 file, which contained 'fbplugin' throughout the file code numerous times. I renamed it temporarily, but didn't delete it. That didn't help the non-opening problem either.

I also tried installing Firefox v 71, same result as the others.

Keep in mind after attempting all of these solutions of deleting, reinstalling, changing file names, etc., I did a complete shutdown and restart. Also, I have not downloaded, updated, or changed anything since last week's phenomenon of regular Firefox beginning to work again. So I'm completely stumped and would appreciate any help. I'm currently running macOS Catalina 10.15.3. TIA.

Asked by greenguy515 3 months ago

Last reply by greenguy515 3 months ago

Two browser problems..

HI.. I'm running Xubuntu 18.04.4 LTS & recently switched from waterfox to Firefox 73.0.1. I have been bugged by two problems that I haven't been able to fix myself &a… (read more)

HI..

I'm running Xubuntu 18.04.4 LTS & recently switched from waterfox to Firefox 73.0.1. I have been bugged by two problems that I haven't been able to fix myself & was hoping that someone here could possibly help.

[ Problem_1. Sync has stopped working.... ] Whenever I open the synced tabs sidebar all I see is "Connect Another Device". On android I'm running Firefox Nightly version 75.0a1 & I've signed out & then re-signed in, but still nothing. The sidebar stays the same as the screenshot above. Both devices show under devices & apps & I can send tabs between both browsers. I just cannot use the synced tabs sidebar. I use sync daily & hope to find a fix soon. Here is the most recent sync log from about:sync-log. >> https://paste.mozilla.org/cXGtysBQ <<

[ Problem_2. Cannot fully use Instagram.... ] I can access instagram.com & browse through the site without any problems. However if I try to like, comment, share or follow I constantly get "Action Blocked" popping up & whatever I've just tried to do has been unsucessful. I can confirm that instagram works perfectly on both chromium & brave desktop browsers & also the official android app.

I have attached two screenshots relating to both my problems & can confirm that uninstalling & reinstalling firefox did nothing. Many thanks in advanced for replying & helping me :)

Asked by dTour 2 months ago

Last reply by dTour 2 months ago

saved login missing

For a couple months now all my saved logins go missing daily, I'll save them & the next they'll be gone again, I already saw about the issue with AVG but I dont use A… (read more)

For a couple months now all my saved logins go missing daily, I'll save them & the next they'll be gone again, I already saw about the issue with AVG but I dont use AVG. Can anyone tell me how I can fix this, also is it possible I have a Trojan thats stealing my saved logins?

Asked by thierjung1 2 months ago

Last reply by cor-el 2 months ago

Firefox crashes

I tried the following methods, but crash of Firefox is not improved. 1) Firefox crashes by the safe mode. 2) I checked memory with Memtest86+. However, the error was not … (read more)

I tried the following methods, but crash of Firefox is not improved.

1) Firefox crashes by the safe mode. 2) I checked memory with Memtest86+. However, the error was not detected. 3)After having completely uninstalled Firefox, it crashes even if I install the latest edition again.


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Asked by boff.hiroshi 3 months ago

Last reply by FredMcD 3 months ago

Flash Is Problematic

I have Firefox 73.0.1 ((64 bit) and am running the latest version of FLASH as an add-on. Lately, when using FLASH within FF, sometimes the screen goes white, sometimes it… (read more)

I have Firefox 73.0.1 ((64 bit) and am running the latest version of FLASH as an add-on.

Lately, when using FLASH within FF, sometimes the screen goes white, sometimes it goes black. I cannot seem to figure out what to do and how to restart FLASH or get back to where I was. Also, I cannot figure out how to get the DISPLAY settings for FLASH This has recently started about 2 weeks ago. I have no other problems with FF

Asked by drc0304 3 months ago

Last reply by drc0304 3 months ago

Website says request rejected

I am trying to use this website and usually I can get to it using Internet Explorer with comparability settings for this site but this is the error message I am getting f… (read more)

I am trying to use this website and usually I can get to it using Internet Explorer with comparability settings for this site but this is the error message I am getting for site: https://myncr.ncr.com/f5-w-68747470733a2f2f636c69656e747273696d2e6e63722e636f6d$$/portal/content/English%5Cgeneric%5Creplacevars.asp?file=browser.htm&path=Portal.Content.English.Generic&orfile=y

The requested URL was rejected. Please consult with your administrator.

Asked by angelag1 2 months ago

Last reply by cor-el 2 months ago

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Beta channel update to 73.0b11 has left me unable to type into the address bar

For many years now I have used the beta channel. At the end of last week I checked for updates and received 73.0b11. I was already on 73.0 beta, probably b10. Since that … (read more)

For many years now I have used the beta channel. At the end of last week I checked for updates and received 73.0b11. I was already on 73.0 beta, probably b10.

Since that update I am unable to edit the contents of the address bar unless I launch a Private Window, where the problem doesn't occur.

I have tried using the "Restart with Add-ons Disabled..." option from the Help menu but the problem remains.

I am running on Windows 10, 64-bit, [Version 10.0.18363.592], with all the latest Microsoft updates.

Asked by johnm1 3 months ago

Answered by Matthew Thomas 3 months ago

Firefox Crash Again, Again

Hello, I love Firefox but it gives a lot of errors. Why does this cause problems? If I can't find a solution, I will delete Firefox. I need help! https://crash-stats.mozi… (read more)

Asked by 2fan1kar 3 months ago

Last reply by FredMcD 3 months ago

firefix won't restart automatically after update

whenever FF requests a restart after update i click "restart" but ff doesn't restart. Has happened on both fedora 30 and 31, possibly on 29 as well. when i manually resta… (read more)

whenever FF requests a restart after update i click "restart" but ff doesn't restart. Has happened on both fedora 30 and 31, possibly on 29 as well. when i manually restart FF all windows and tabs are restored properly. Currently running FF 73.0.1 (64-bit) on a desktop PC with fedora 31 5.4.19-200.fc31.x86_64 with XFCE desktop with 10 workspaces open.

Asked by sederb 3 months ago

Last reply by FredMcD 3 months ago

Firefox unexpectedly exits

In the last couple of days, Firefox has started unexpectedly exiting. It doesn't show an error message on screen or create a Firefox crash report - it just vanishes - bu… (read more)

In the last couple of days, Firefox has started unexpectedly exiting.

It doesn't show an error message on screen or create a Firefox crash report - it just vanishes - but it does create a WER log and entry in the Windows Application error log. It doesn't necessarily exit when it has the focus in response to user interaction - some times I'll be doing something else, and try to tab back to Firefox, and it's just gone. Mean time between crashes is about 30 minutes - not "instantly" or "on startup" but enough to be unlivable with.

I have reinstalled Firefox, checked that it is up to date (73.0.1 (64-bit)), and disabled all my plugins except 1Password (I can't really use a browser without the 1Password plugin so if it doesn't work with it on, it's the same as it not working at all)

Some WER log files for example:

https://pastebin.com/hCYpgRnJ https://pastebin.com/GczJg6xV https://pastebin.com/65xDaCrU

and here's a windows application log entry:

Fault bucket , type 0 Event Name: APPCRASH Response: Not available Cab Id: 0

Problem signature: P1: firefox.exe P2: 73.0.1.7352 P3: 5e4abc33 P4: ntdll.dll P5: 10.0.18362.657 P6: 64d10ee0 P7: c0000005 P8: 000000000003c900 P9: P10:

Attached files: \\?\C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\WER\Temp\WERDF67.tmp.WERInternalMetadata.xml

These files may be available here: \\?\C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\WER\ReportQueue\AppCrash_firefox.exe_5842855acf56b951933ad221b8aefc848d0bf9_fd4a202a_cfe131be-ac4c-4c84-aaf1-565f6edc013e

Analysis symbol: Rechecking for solution: 0 Report Id: a6d3bb6e-585f-4a9e-bf89-80d4b12d5fc0 Report Status: 131172 Hashed bucket: Cab Guid: 0

and here's the systme metadata file

<WERReportMetadata> <OSVersionInformation> <WindowsNTVersion>10.0</WindowsNTVersion> <Build>18362</Build> <Product>(0x31): Windows 10 Pro N</Product> <Edition>ProfessionalN</Edition> <BuildString>18362.657.amd64fre.19h1_release.190318-1202</BuildString> <Revision>657</Revision> <Flavor>Multiprocessor Free</Flavor> <Architecture>X64</Architecture> <LCID>2057</LCID> </OSVersionInformation> <ProblemSignatures> <EventType>APPCRASH</EventType> <Parameter0>firefox.exe</Parameter0> <Parameter1>73.0.1.7352</Parameter1> <Parameter2>5e4abc33</Parameter2> <Parameter3>ntdll.dll</Parameter3> <Parameter4>10.0.18362.657</Parameter4> <Parameter5>64d10ee0</Parameter5> <Parameter6>c0000005</Parameter6> <Parameter7>000000000003c900</Parameter7> </ProblemSignatures> <DynamicSignatures> <Parameter1>10.0.18362.2.0.0.256.49</Parameter1> <Parameter2>2057</Parameter2> <Parameter22>0000</Parameter22> <Parameter23>00000000000000000000000000000000</Parameter23> <Parameter24>0000</Parameter24> <Parameter25>00000000000000000000000000000000</Parameter25> </DynamicSignatures> <SystemInformation> <MID>85361BF0-48E9-4BB8-A01E-1DFE00E50316</MID> <SystemManufacturer>Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.</SystemManufacturer> <SystemProductName>Z97N-WIFI</SystemProductName> <BIOSVersion>F7</BIOSVersion> <OSInstallDate>1571139164</OSInstallDate> <OSInstallTime>2019-10-15T11:32:43Z</OSInstallTime> <TimeZoneBias>00:00</TimeZoneBias> </SystemInformation> <SecureBootState> <UEFISecureBootEnabled>0</UEFISecureBootEnabled> </SecureBootState> <ReportInformation> <Guid>cfe131be-ac4c-4c84-aaf1-565f6edc013e</Guid> <CreationTime>2020-02-26T10:20:20Z</CreationTime> </ReportInformation> </WERReportMetadata>

Asked by Ben Curthoys 3 months ago

Last reply by Roland Tanglao 1 month ago

Can't Delete Bookmarks

After refreshing Firefox because of a different (and now solved) problem, I restored my Old Firefox Data to recover my customization settings. The problem from before rem… (read more)

After refreshing Firefox because of a different (and now solved) problem, I restored my Old Firefox Data to recover my customization settings. The problem from before remained solved as well, so don't worry about that. The only problem is that now, for whatever reason, I can't delete any bookmarks. I can still add and edit bookmarks, but I can't outright delete them. My version is 73.0.1 (64-bit).


I've gone to about:support and checked Places Database. This is what it gave me:

> Task: checkIntegrity - Unable to check favicons.sqlite integrity: Error: Error(s) encountered during statement execution: database disk image is malformed > Task: invalidateCaches - The task queue was cleared by an error in another task. > Task: checkCoherence - The task queue was cleared by an error in another task. > Task: expire - The task queue was cleared by an error in another task. > Task: originFrecencyStats - The task queue was cleared by an error in another task. > Task: vacuum - The task queue was cleared by an error in another task. > Task: stats - The task queue was cleared by an error in another task. > Task: _refreshUI - The task queue was cleared by an error in another task.


A solution that I've seen elsewhere is to delete the "places.sqlite" file after closing Firefox and letting it reset, but that hasn't worked. Again, I can add and edit bookmarks, just not delete them. It doesn't matter where I try to delete them from (within the browser), and they all still link to the right places. It's not an emergency, but I'd appreciate help with this.

Asked by Shabcarb 2 months ago

Last reply by Shabcarb 2 months ago

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Version issue connecting Android to Firefox

Hi. I use Firefox from many years. Today I was trying to inspect a my web page which looks strange in my Firefox for Android but I just can't. In my desktop I have Firefo… (read more)

Hi. I use Firefox from many years. Today I was trying to inspect a my web page which looks strange in my Firefox for Android but I just can't. In my desktop I have Firefox 73.0.1 and in my Android phone I have Firefox 68.5.0. If I try to connect I get a message which tells to update Firefox from 68.5 to 71.0 (minimum supported version) but I can't find this version anywhere. I have installed Firefox Nightly for Developer in my phone but now the problem is that the version is too recent... What should I do?

Asked by Marco 2 months ago

Answered by cor-el 2 months ago