Enhancement proposal for Firefox

Rudolf Kastl che666 at gmail.com
Mon Sep 10 14:38:01 UTC 2007

2007/9/10, Adalbert Prokop <adalbert.prokop at gmx.de>:
> Hello!
> I'd like to propose an enhancement for the Firefox's start script. It
> includes two changes:
> 1. Give the user the choice which version of Firefox is started,
>    especially on 64-bit architectures.
> 2. Use alsa-oss to allow Firefox (or its plugins) play sound. AFAIK they
>    use OSS now, which will fail in most cases, because /dev/dsp is almost
>    constantly in use by arts/esd/whatever.
> Motivation
> ==========
> I lately installed F7 on an AMD64 machine and had some problems with
> firefox plugins, because most of them don't exist for 64 bit
> architectures. I decided to use the 32 bit version, but it's not easy to
> achieve it, because /usr/bin/firefox alwas uses the output of uname -m to
> choose the version.

so the fix is to get the plugins properly working with x86_64?
workarounds will only slow down solutions because of the lack of
motiviation to properly push fixes instead of working around with

Rudolf Kastl

> And alsa-oss simply because I was sorry either to have a soundless browser
> or to change scripts.
> How to do it
> ============
> I have attached a patch, which will do what I suggested. It uses two
> environment variables: MOZ_ARCH and MOZ_AOSS.
> If MOZ_ARCH is set, it's value is used to determine the firefox version,
> if it's not set, uname -m is called like before.
> Simmilarly MOZ_AOSS could contain the path to the aoss application. If not
> set, it would default to /usr/bin/aoss. If set to "none", alsa-oss would
> be ommited completely.
> Both variables could be set in /etc/profile.d to provide system wide
> settings.
> What do you think about these enhancements?
> --
> Bye,
> Adalbert
> It is said that the lonely eagle flies to the mountain peaks while the
> lowly ant crawls the ground, but cannot the soul of the ant soar as high
> as the eagle?
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