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Old 11-07-2010, 02:46 PM   #1
jonrpick
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Sharing one Firefox installation between two distros...


Hi all...

I'm currently running Mandriva One 2010 and Fedora 13. I'm dual-booting, with each distro having it's own *single* partition, a third partition as a common swap, and a fourth partition for my files (docs, downloads, video, music, etc...)

I'm mounting/binding folders on that fourth partition to the Downloads, Music, etc, folders on each distribution. It works beautifully, as all of my content is readily available under each distro.

I did the same with my /home/me/.mozilla folder. My idea was that my bookmarks, plug-ins/add-ons, settings, etc, would be accessible under both distros.

It works, but I'm getting some annoying side effects that I'd like to alleviate:

1) It checks add-on compatibility each time I switch distros and open up Firefox.
2) Smooth scrolling has to be re-enabled each time I switch and open Firefox.

I figure this has something to do with it being shared between two distros, but I'd like some assistance in getting it all figured out.

BTW, here's the line in my /etc/fstab file (on both distros) that mounts the folder...

Code:
/mnt/Extra/.mozilla/  /home/me/.mozilla/  auto  rw,bind  0 0
/mnt/Extra is the mount point for the actual partition itself. I just created a .mozilla folder under it and copied the contents of /home/me/.mozilla over there, under Fedora. Under Mandriva, I just renamed my /home/me/.mozilla and created a new one before binding it in the same way.

Thanks...

~Jon
 
Old 11-07-2010, 07:26 PM   #2
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Hmm. Never thought of mounting and binding to do this.
I've got about twenty distros all using mozilla (or a rebranded version). I keep .mozilla and .evolution in a data partition, and just use symlinks from my home folder.
Code:
cam@cwpc:~$ ls -al | grep moz
lrwxrwxrwx  1 cam  cam        19 2010-10-07 23:43 .mozilla -> /SDA4/guff/.mozilla
cam@cwpc:~$
Similarly, Downloads, Documents, Music and so forth in ~ are just symlinks to the data directory.
The only thing you've got to watch is to make sure that your everyday user name and UID number are the same in each distro. Sometimes you have to do a bit of usermoding
The checking of add-ons goes on because different distros have different versions of firefox - I don't see how to get out of that.
 
Old 11-11-2010, 01:43 PM   #3
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The checking of add-ons goes on because different distros have different versions of firefox - I don't see how to get out of that.
Doh...! That's the one thing I forgot to double-check. I just did... v3.6.12 on Fedora, and v3.6.11 under Mandriva. That'll do it. Just gotta see about getting .12 on Mandriva now.

Thanks,

~Jon
 
  


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