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Old 11-28-2013, 09:20 PM   #1
Martha Adams
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How to clean maff addon completely out of Firefox in Slackware 13.37?


I'm running Slackware 13.37 (updated) in an eMachines machine. In that environment, I'm running Firefox from package firefox-17.0.7esr-x86_64-1_slack13.37.txz. Which I have been using for some months to read and save newspieces into a two-file html/_files format. I tried starting the Firefox MAFF add-on to save space, but it turned out the *.maff files were about 4 times larger than the html/_files format, definitely not smaller, so I tried to go back to the previous format but now my Firefox no longer saves into html/_files but into a large block of text -- completely useless. I've searched here on 'Firefox' (about 900 entries) but found no entries mentioning 'maff'.

Which leads me to suspect I have a 'problem exists between keyboard and chair' kind of problem which I do not see from here. Is there some simple direct way I can clean out the maff-addon poison from my Firefox and return it to its original default operation?

Thanks -- Martha Adams [Thr 2013 Nov 28]
 
Old 12-08-2013, 01:58 AM   #2
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Aha! Yes, *pebkac*.

I thought, if the MAFF addon can do this to my Firefox, maybe I can find how it did it. I started reading down the popdown menus at screen top, and under Files, I found it: the Firefox was now set to save files as Text, no longer as Windows Full. I set this back to Windows Full and my Firefox works properly now. I like easy answers!

This change seemed to me to be something the MAFF addon did, but I see no sense to that. It could have been something I did, but I don't see how and I don't think I did it. So I have not an answer to how this nuisance arose; but I do find encouragement here to read menus and re-check all options, even if common sense and inner feelings say, that's not indicated here.

Titeotwawki -- Martha Adams [Sun 2013 Dec 08]
 
Old 12-08-2013, 06:55 PM   #3
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I thought, if the MAFF addon can do this to my Firefox, maybe I can find how it did it. I started reading down the popdown menus at screen top, and under Files, I found it: the Firefox was now set to save files as Text, no longer as Windows Full. I set this back to Windows Full and my Firefox works properly now. I like easy answers!

This change seemed to me to be something the MAFF addon did, but I see no sense to that. It could have been something I did, but I don't see how and I don't think I did it. So I have not an answer to how this nuisance arose; but I do find encouragement here to read menus and re-check all options, even if common sense and inner feelings say, that's not indicated here.

Titeotwawki -- Martha Adams [Sun 2013 Dec 08]
Exactly which MAFF addon and which version of Firefox are you using ? I've never had a single issue across OSes (Windows XP/7 and PCLinuxOS) for several years and this is one of the most important extensions I use. Anyway, try Mozilla Archive Format 3.0. I've been using it since at least Firefox 3 til now and it's never failed. There's nothing to configure to install nor is there anything to do to remove it other than click the Remove button on the Addon page. Good luck....

PS: Actually, I did have a single problem child, but that also had to do w/ the fact that it was giving me trouble upgrading Firefox beyond version 15. But that was a single Firefox/Windows XP box as compared to dozens of other successful installations....
 
Old 12-08-2013, 10:45 PM   #4
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Hi, MR. Well, I'd have made a better post by including in the text that I was in a Slackware 13.37 environment. I was using the default MAFF add-on invoked by the default Firefox. As I look back at my previous two posts I think, well, seeing as I'm age 82 now, it's ok to get a little dim after midnight, and that's how I accomplished a pebkac error. Looking back, I still don't see in detail how I did it. I had the MAFF addon out of my system but then fetched it back because my Firefox won't read *.maff files without it. And I tried again to convert a *.html/_files pair into a single *.maff file -- which came out about 10 times larger than the file pair I made it from. So I don't see where the MAFF addon people get it that using their addon to make *.maff files saves space. Anyhow, thanks for your interest.

Titeotwawki -- Martha Adams [Sun 2013 Dec 08]
 
Old 12-09-2013, 01:32 AM   #5
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Hi, MR. Well, I'd have made a better post by including in the text that I was in a Slackware 13.37 environment. I was using the default MAFF add-on invoked by the default Firefox. As I look back at my previous two posts I think, well, seeing as I'm age 82 now, it's ok to get a little dim after midnight, and that's how I accomplished a pebkac error. Looking back, I still don't see in detail how I did it. I had the MAFF addon out of my system but then fetched it back because my Firefox won't read *.maff files without it. And I tried again to convert a *.html/_files pair into a single *.maff file -- which came out about 10 times larger than the file pair I made it from. So I don't see where the MAFF addon people get it that using their addon to make *.maff files saves space. Anyhow, thanks for your interest.

Titeotwawki -- Martha Adams [Sun 2013 Dec 08]
Martha: It's ok. Actually, if you go to the Tools menu and click "Add-ons", you should automagically be presented w/ a list of everything you've added. If not, click "Extensions" on the left-side of the page. It's here that you'll be presented w/ something like this:

http://s19.postimg.org/670kdjw8z/Firefox_Add_Ons.png

It's an approximation (using Windows) bec I don't have a Slackware box handy. Anyway, just about all versions of Firefox look like that, except that I use many more addons. But you'll still be able to click the "Remove" button to get rid of any undesirable addons. Good luck w/ it....
 
  


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