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Philias
Makdaam: I once installed Fx and it was set to retain the history for six months at most, so maybe they changed it to a year?
Incidentally, September of 2014 would be just one year ago
CPngN
bingo
also, that # is now "automagic" I believe. or rather, "autoWTF!"
CyberTails
Hello There, For when I use the Rocket Icon on Linux, where would it store the "App" link?
popl
During a Firefox update on Windows, will Firefox save old profile data to any other location than the "Old Firefox Data" directory on the desktop?
b0at
that apparently gets created when you "reset" firefox, which i guess is mostly creating a new profile.
popl
hey b0at
b0at
and no, it usually doesn't touch the profile
heya
popl
Yeah, that's what I figured.
Okay, so that makes sense now. I reset things after I upgraded to the security-fix release on 6 August. Interestingly I have no bookmarks and only three of my addons though. Which is fixable but slightly annoying.
I have all my stuff from 6 August though so I only lost a week-or-so's worth of bookmarks.
No big deal.
The removing addons behavior is interesting, though.
b0at
you can open firefox with the old profile (firefox -p /that/profile/dir) and export bookmarks from it
         

popl
Yeah, no worries. I just need to reinstall Selenium, NSS, and KeeFox. And change a bunch of UI config. :P
b0at: thanks
b0at
np
popl
I wonder if Hello is popular.
Is Firefox the only browser offering a WebRTC client?
b0at
i thought chrome was supposed to implement it, but i don't know
popl
It's interesting how many people live in their web browser.
nn7
I have something weird with firefox for OSX. It will randomly try to download "DiskSpy1.5.dmg" from dl.macupdate.com. I haven't been to that website in probably a month, but every few days it will just pop up a download window for it.
It doesn't show anything in my history.
popl
nn7: Which version of Firefox are you using?
nn7
40.0
popl
IIRC there was some bug recently about downloads not showing up in history. Let me see if I can find the bug report and if it pertains to your version.
I'm not sure about the "random" download attempts but the download history thing may be attributable to that.
nn7: Do you have any other software from macupdate.com loaded on your machine? Maybe a macupdate client is initiating the download.
nn7
I have installed a few programs from macupdate. I don't think I have any macupdate client but how can I check?
popl
um, I don't know. check for their software wherever installed software is listed on a Mac
I haven't touched anything other than an OS X server for at least 10 years.
no idea how to navigate a mac desktop
nn7
Typically everything is in Applications. I checked the package contents of everything that could have been installed from macupdate and there's only the executables I asked for.
is there any way to ask firefox what url it was following to get the file?
a history of followed URLs or something like that
popl
Not to my knowledge. I think it only tracks it in download history.
If I were worried about malware I'd check to see if the DiskSpy1.5.dmg file is actually on my machine, then check the timestamp and/or download the file from the official source and compare the two.
nn7
finder doesn't find "disk spy" anywhere
"diskspy"
So you think it might be some external program launching a URL rather than Firefox launching it internally.
popl
I'm not sure.
If you have Firefox set as your default browser then some process may be launching your default browser to download something.
How often do you see it happening?
nn7
I would say every 2-3 days or so. I don't use the computer every day but most days.
I don't think I've found anything specific that triggers it.
I just used Spotlight to launch a URL and it opened in Firefox, so Firefox is my default browser.
I really like Firefox but I'm finding that it doesn't perform well on OS X. Lots of website cause 100% CPU load in Firefox but not in Safari. Imgur and Facebook are two of them.
popl
I'd suggest blocking access to that URL in whichever firewall you use; that should generate some error condition and you may be able to inspect it.
Facebook sucks for me whether I use Chrome or Firefox. It is a soul-sucking beast of a webapp.
nn7
Any ideas how to figure out which URL it is? I just see the download window.
Agreed on the Facebook thing.
b0at
allow it to download and it should have an entry in the download manager. otherwise, it wasn't really firefox.
popl
^
         

b0at
or it was another profile
which would involve trickery
pause it part of the way through, i guess, if you think something will try to execute it when finished
popl
The NSA might be downloading diskspy to your Mac! ;P
nn7
I see it in download manager. Doesn't have a URL listed, just the domain.
err.. that's in Library. What is Download Manager?
b0at
it's part of the library now
popl
Oh hey, I bet it was Windows that fu*ked up b0at. I just logged out and logged back in and *poof*, all my plugins and even tabs from last time are loaded.
b0at
context click it and "copy link"
popl: weird
nn7
doh, I should have thought of that.
popl
I wonder if Windows 7 has that fast user switching crap
nn7
http://dl.macupdate.com/final/utilities/DiskSpy1.5.dmg
I don't think the built-in firewall will block outgoing URLs.
I could put dl.macupdate.com in my hosts file (assuming OS X has one).
popl
Well if it's in your download history it's there. I doubt it's illegitimate unless dl.macupdate.com is shady.
nn7
I don't think it's illegit. I think I considered downloading that program once and changed my mind. I'm just confused why it keeps coming back to haunt me.
Worse than an ex-girlfriend.
popl
nn7: You could do a text search for "dl.macupdate.com" in your applications directory and see if it's in some configuration file
b0at: It's what I get for using Windows. ;) This year is the first time I used Windows on a laptop in like 15 years.
nn7
popl, ok, I have find and grep searching right now.
b0at
maybe it was a second profile and the first was held open until you logged out
(Action) shrugs
popl
b0at: It's possible. It was behaving as if I were using my administrator account although according to Windows my user account was logged on.
b0at
if this was a remote log-on, there are different ways of running windows programs remotely that do or don't bring in different profile elements
popl
It wasn't.
b0at
oh, ok
popl
Unless someone is playing a big trick on me.
(Action) puts on his aluminum hat
Hm. I can only seem to find a somewhat-irrelevant download history bug on bugzilla but I could swear I saw something in the firefox changelog. Yet I can't find anything on hg.mozilla.org about it. Maybe I was hallucinating.
nn7
Thanks for your help!
popl
Sorry for helping someone with something that ended up being OT.
martysia
hello
my ff keeps crushing, I run Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca and Firefox 39.0
it crushes because of the flushg player plugin
and, the scroll thing on the side that moves the window...
popl
martysia: Does Firefox crash if you disable Flash?
martysia
when it changes itself from long into short
it skips the window content
I have never disabled it because I need it,
popl
IIRC Adobe stopped supporting Flash on Linux in 2012
xangua
Stopped shipping major versions updates yes, they still ship "security"updates
b0at
you can use the up-to-date pepper flash distributed by google with the "Fresh player plugin" on firefox.
xangua
And you can also use peperflash in Firefox via wine I believe
popl
such a hassle
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