[CentOS] [OT] Firefox loses plugins, anyone else? Bug? Known?

William L. Maltby CentOS4Bill at triad.rr.com
Tue Dec 23 16:32:44 UTC 2008

On Tue, 2008-12-23 at 16:49 +0100, Matej Cepl wrote:
> On 2008-12-22, 23:49 GMT, William L. Maltby wrote:
> > I presume this completes the triage process? Now, who reports 
> I hope this bug is publicly visible
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=471193

It is.

> otherwise just yes, IMHO (and it is not official statement by RH 
> Gecko developers) whole business of Firefox checking being 
> a default browser is unhappy relict of Windows browser wars and 
> it should be eliminated in the Linux FF altogether. I don't know 
> if it happens though.

Although related, the bug report itself only references warning
messages, not the destruction of the pluginreg.dat. Since that bug is
severity level of medium, and the destruction of the pluginreg.dat s/b
much higher, IMO, I think an additional bug report is warranted. This is
because using the "check if FF is default ..." causes loss of
functionality, which may be critical to the user.

In my case, there are $$ making-related activities that I _must_ (well,
you know what's important to me is always more important than what's
important to anyone else  ;-) be able to rely upon.

So, what think ye knave? Shall we/you/I open a new bug and reference the
one you referenced? That depends on if we think it will do any good. I
don't like to waste my/your/our time if the probability of some positive
result is low.

A further possible "gotcha" exists in the gnome command setup as well.
If the user selects "Custom" and references the /usr/lib/firefox-3.*
instance of the browser, rather than the /usr/bin/firefox (as would
happen if the user just selects FF in the gnome preferences), they get
the same adverse results of trashing pluginreg.dat when a T'bird link
causes the launch of FF. ISTM that some kind of fix to prevent this
should also be done, or at least some warning if the /usr/lib instance
is entered in the command box. Hm, that might be asking too much though.

Repeating, IMO this is a severity greater than medium.

> Matěj
> <snip sig stuff>

Thanks for your time, interest and invaluable assistance to me in
resolving this issue.


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