Tag Archives: firefox

Firefox 3 renders images incorrectly, on FreeBSD

They appear black or like if “moved” on the block canvas. If you try to “drag and drop” the image, you can see it well, until you actually drop it.

I thought it was related to Cairo. Turns out not. Actually, it’s even noted in the 3.0.1 release notes:

Incompatibilities between NVIDIA drivers and some versions of the X server cause scaled images to render incorrectly (bug 411831)

Although I’m using radeonhd, nowhere near nVidia.

You can fix it, as suggested in this thread and also in the bug entry discussion above, by adding

Option "XAANoOffscreenPixmaps" "true"

to your video card device section in xorg.conf.


Default Firefox UI font too big (using awesome)

As said here, to change the default font of GTK+ applications, edit .gtkrc-2.0 in your home directory and add

gtk-font-name="sans-serif 8"

This was somehow automatically tweaked in Xfce. Some of the options are tweaked by setting values in ~/.config/xfce4/Xft.xrdb, but that’s not it: these values set the same stuff as Xorg’s /usr/local/etc/fonts/local.conf (or default.conf).

Anyway, I think it’s better to use the “native” configuration files and not some differently-formatted override. It’s always a drag when you define some values in one place and then find out they take no effect, because they’re being overriden elsewhere.

Besides, the original configuration files will (by definition) always support all available options, whereas window-manager-specific configuration might not.

Another reason why awesome is more awesome for me than Gnome or even Xfce.

Babelfish DE->EN firefox search engine

I used to use the one that points to http://babelfish.altavista.com/, but since Yahoo added a redirect to http://babelfish.yahoo.com/, it stopped working properly, since the input content was not being redirected with you (obviously). So, you should change the latter (if you still use it) to the former. See the list at mozdev.

msttcorefonts on FreeBSD and other stuff

For those who come from a Linux background, Debian and Ubuntu in particular, – msttcorefonts is named webfonts on FreeBSD.

I have just discovered that installing the port from package <i<removes firefox. (Don’t know if the same is observed when building from source.) Anyway, be warned: install webfonts before firefox, or you’ll waste another hour compling thing you shouldn’t be.

This is because portinstall cleans up by default. You can prevent this:

-w --noclean
Do not "make clean" before each build. See the -c option above.
-W --nocleanup
Do not "make clean" after each installation. See the -C option above.

So, I put an alias in my shell’s rc file and save time by sacrificing disk space.

Firefox won’t start: typing “firefox”, nothing happens

Check if the ~/.mozilla folder is not owned by root. In such a case, absolutely nothing is printed when you want to start it:

% firefox

Firefox, Thunderbird, Sunbird report profile in use

An awesome explanation lies elsewhere.

One reason it may happen (which they don’t mention for the obvious rarity of it) is your drive letter (in Windows, of course) having changed.

That was the case for me after some re-partitioning done.

Feed aggregation: NewsFox plugin

After struggling a while to launch a working RSSOwl 2.0 on my FreeBSD, I was reminded that there’s a whole bunch of browser plug-in readers. I’m using Firefox, and have only checked Sage that far (and a long time ago), so I decided to give it a try again.

As you could expect, Sage was still lacking the features I expected from an RSS reader, among them displaying unread count by feeds/categories, automatic feed aggregation upon clicking a category, etc.. I’m not saying Sage is bad, I’m saying it’s not suitable for me. (That’s why I switched to RSSOwl in the first place.)

Then I tried a bunch of other reader plug-ins. Most of them didn’t have something, too (or maybe I just missed it, the blatant ignorant lazy ass that I am). One of them stood out, though: NewsFox. It has unread counts, aggregation upon clicking a category, per-feed/-category preferences, and even a few whistles, like tag-feeds and date correcting.

There are a few annoying features, too. But I don’t mind suffering them, considering the options of running two different readers on Windows/FreeBSD and having to synchronize them; or using Google Reader and what not – a hu-u-uge hole in privacy.