[clug] some Firefox questions

ben.ellis at familycourt.gov.au ben.ellis at familycourt.gov.au
Tue Aug 28 01:47:15 GMT 2007

Would the pdf action be due to a plugin? About:plugins (IIRC) should list them.
Ben Ellis
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----- Original Message -----
From: Eyal Lebedinsky [eyal at eyal.emu.id.au]
Sent: 28/08/2007 11:31 AM
To: Mike Carden <mike.carden at gmail.com>
Cc: CLUG List <linux at lists.samba.org>
Subject: Re: [clug] some Firefox questions

Mike Carden wrote:
>> 1) I want to get the download prompt when I click a link to a non html filetype,
>>     and never launch an application (I will then configure some application
>>     helpers myself). For example, pdf files now launch a viewer and I want to
>>     stop this. My preferences show that no file types are configured.
> Does this do what you require?
> Tools -> Options -> Content -> File Types -> Manage -> Change Action
> -> Save on my computer.

I did say that no file types are configured, meaning that the Manage panel is
empty, yet .pdf files launch a viewer.

>> 2) Typing a bad URL activates a search. I want this to never happen.
> Odd, my version doesn't do this.

Well, this is I entered 'yadayadayada' in the address bar and my privoxy log
shows the following access:


Since this is a RH rpm (yum) rather than the Mozilla download, maybe it is
contaminated with non standard "features"?

>> 3) Whenever I update Firefox it goes to a Mozilla webpage rather than to my
>>     configured home. I do not like this "call home" feature, is there an option
>>     to disable this?
> Three clicks to Tools-> Options-> Main  and change the startup page.

No, the startup page is not changed by the update, just that another page
is brought up instead of mine when Firefox is launched after an update.

> While updates resetting to the Firefox portal page may be annoying,
> after hearing Mitch Baker from Mozilla explain that the searches from
> that page fund the browser, I'm not so annoyed. It's trivial to
> change.

I can see your point, but it does not answer my question - can I opt out
of this behavior?

Eyal Lebedinsky	(eyal at eyal.emu.id.au)
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