[clug] some Firefox questions

Eyal Lebedinsky eyal at eyal.emu.id.au
Tue Aug 28 10:46:36 GMT 2007

Kim Holburn wrote:
> On 2007/Aug/28, at 2:24 AM, Eyal Lebedinsky wrote:
>> I have a few questions about configuring Firefox. I have RH/F9 here, 
>> Firefox 2.0.
>> I had a look at about:config and could not clearly see it there.
>> 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.
> It's not in about:config it's about MIME handling.
> In Firefox 1 there was a mime extension.  It doesn't work in Firefox 2.  
> Preferences->Content->Configure how firefox handles certain types of file ?
> That said there are 2 separate issues.  When you click on a link that 
> has an extension that extension could mean anything to the server, it is 
> defined in the server.  The client is told by the first line of response 
> from the server what mime type the URL actually is, then the file 
> follows.  I forget the exact format of this but it's something like:
> "html/plain\n\n"
> for a normal html file.
> For a file ending in .pdf it mostly is a PDF file but the browser only 
> knows this because of the mime type the server has told it.
> To view a PDF as a PDF rather than download it, requires a plugin.  I 
> hate that too.  Find and ditch the plugin.
>> 2) Typing a bad URL activates a search. I want this to never happen.
> there are 2 settings in firefox:
> keyword.URL
> keyword.enabled

Yes, this did it. Thanks. How about a follow-up question?

I now get Firefox attempting to fetch 'www.yadayadayada.com' when I type
'yadayadayada' in the address. I would like to disable this completion.
I really want Firefox to only go to the exact address that I want.

I found when I want to access my own local machine (e.g. e7) Firefox
brings back 'www.e7.com' and not the local address (e7.eyal.emu.id.au).

> set keyword.enabled to false
>> 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?
> For my system I think this is a once off for each upgrade.  After the 
> first upgrade page my firefox reverts to it's normal "home page".  I 
> just shut it.
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Eyal Lebedinsky	(eyal at eyal.emu.id.au)

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