One More CCK Wizard Beta

I've got some updates to the CCK Wizard, but they've been taking a back seat to other work. I've finally got them together in this new beta. You can download it here.This one has the ability to remove the add-on discovery UI as well as support for modifying the default click to play list (thanks to Nils Sprenger and Tim Stecher).

I'm releasing this on Friday of this week, so if you have problems, please let me know.

There have been sporadic reports of bookmarks not working and certificates not installing. If that happens to you, I can't debug it without the XPI, so please send that to me if you have the problem.

Firefox Installer Command Line Arguments

I was recently asked if there was a way to silence the Firefox installer. There are actually a number of customizations you can make to the Firefox installer without rebuilding it, like silencing it, changing the install directory and more.

Rather than go into detail here, the best place to point you is an entry on the Mozilla Wiki - Installer:Command Line Arguments

Always Awesome Bar

I personally hate the fact that when you bring up the Add-on Manager, the URL bar goes away. If you're annoyed by that as well, I've created an add-on to solve that - Always Awesome Bar.

alwaysawesomebar

With this add-on installed, URLs that typically make the URL bar go away behave like normal URLs.

Get Ready for the Firefox 17 ESR

I just want to remind people that read my blog that Firefox 17 is the next Extended Support Release for Firefox. It's currently available in the beta channel. You should be testing with this. A lot. (I would hope you started testing when Firefox 17 was in the Aurora Channel).

The Firefox 10 ESR will be supported for 12 weeks after Firefox 17 to give you time to test and deploy, but if there are major issues you need to find them now.

PLEASE don't put off testing Firefox 17 until the ESR is released.

You also need to know about some Firefox changes that will affect you.

  • Customized preferences file should go in defaults/preferences, NOT defaults/prefs. I've mentioned this before, but it's worth repeating.
  • It is no longer possible to prevent the safe mode dialog via the method I posted here. There is no way to prevent a user from entering safe mode. A bug has been opened.
  • Changing application.ini no longer works. I know people were using it to disable the crash reporter. They were also using this method to modify Firefox to coexist with another Firefox (different profile directory, appname, etc.). There are workarounds for this, but they involve passing a parameter when you start Firefox. Take a look at bug 723493 for more details.
  • The ability for a user to switch to tabs on bottom has been removed completely, but it can still be done via a preference (browser.tabs.onTop).

I will be updating the CCK Wizard soon to make sure it works properly with Firefox 17.

Preventing Third Party Extensions from Installing in Google Chrome

As part of my effort to dump Google Chrome, I deleted my old Google Chrome profiles so that I could create a new empty one for the sole purpose of working on the few add-ons that I'm already working on. Every time I created a new profile in Chrome, I would get extensions in that profile that I didn't install (a Conduit toolbar and an extension called General Crawler). I looked in the control panel, but no apps referenced these extensions and nothing I uninstalled fixed the problem. After some digging, I found out how this was happening and wanted to share.