Moziila, Firefox etc

Jeremy Utley jeremy at
Mon Dec 13 08:21:23 PST 2004

Randy McMurchy wrote:

> David Jensen wrote:
>> Firefox is now installed in /usr.  Is the warning still valid?  I 
>> have built Mozilla and now want to build Firefox.  This needs BZ'd 
>> but I'm not sure what is correct.
> There's a couple of things here to look for.
> One, Firefox uses ~/.mozilla for preference files. So does Mozilla.
> Even though Firefox uses a firefox subdir of .mozilla, there's still
> a conflict with the appreg file. I'll be changing the instructions
> for Firefox to use a switch --with-user-appdir=.firefox to avoid any
> conflict.
> Thunderbird defaults to .thunderbird, so there's no conflict.
> Two, Firefox will link against Moz's installed NSS and NSPR libs
> if you followed all the instructions on the Moz installation. I'm
> not sure if it matters, though. NSS and NSPR is probably identical
> between the packages. (what I mean by link is that if you do ldd
> on the installed Firefox binaries, it will appear to link against
> the installed Moz libs).

Appearances can be decieving!  Remember that the actual firefox 
"executable" is a shell script that calls 
$FIREFOX_PREFIX/lib/firefox-bin (or something to that effect).  Prior to 
doing so, it does some LD_LIBRARY_PATH hackery to make the program use 
the nss libs installed as part of firefox.


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