How I set up my isolated testing Firefox environment
October 31, 2010
Yesterday I covered how I actually run two web browsers, one for my real browsing and one for various sorts of testing and isolated browsing. That raises a question: how do you set up something like that?
In theory, you could just use an alternate Firefox profile (with a
script to start your test Firefox with the right magic arguments). In
practice I have never trusted Firefox's profile system that much, partly
because in the past I spent some time testing out potentially buggy
development builds. So I have always used the bigger hammer of changing
On Unix, Firefox (and Mozilla before it) has always respected
You will also want to start the testing Firefox with the
(I put all of this stuff in a script that I call '
At one point I needed some extra steps to make sound work with
PulseAudio, because it required some magic files in your home directory
in order to connect to the PulseAudio server and it too respects
(This shows one quiet little hazard of scripts, which is that they can automate something that turns into folklore over time while you're not paying attention.)
Written on 31 October 2010.
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