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apachedude 11-25-2004 12:00 AM

Symlinking Firefox Extensions from Windows to Firefox?
 
I've managed to symlink my bookmarks, history, and cache from Windows for use on Linux, which I find covenient because I can contiue browsing, regardless of which OS I use. I realize that some of the extensions are different on each OS, but that for the most part, they are the same. Is it possible for me to symlink my extensions so that I don't have to reinstall them and so that I can retain whatever options I have? What are the proper paths on both Windows and Linux?
Thanks.

z-vet 11-25-2004 06:45 AM

I can't believe it's possible, but you can try to link your whole profile from windoze to ~/.firefox (may be ~/.mozilla/firefox if you have Mozilla installed too). I don't remember where it stores a profile in windows, but you've got an idea, i think. :)

Redbone981sl 11-25-2004 09:19 AM

No

z-vet 11-25-2004 10:58 AM

OK, whatever.

jsmarshall85 11-25-2004 12:18 PM

thats awesome, please post how you did it. im not very good with symlinks but i do have a windows pc i use firefox on and to have one place to update bookmarks and extensions for both installs of firefox (windows and linux) would be pretty cool

acid_kewpie 11-25-2004 12:58 PM

Happily my dual-boot days are long gone, but sharing bookmarks is a really neat idea i think. in practise i'd assume it's really bleedin' easy to do:
Code:

ln -s /win/.../firefox/v3ror824.default/bookmarks.html ~/.mozilla/firefox/0b0rq584.default/bookmarks.html
was this a tip you picked up from elsewhere? Even though it's really easy, you might want to write a brief LinuxAnswer for this for permanent display with LQ http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/answers.php

z-vet 11-25-2004 01:20 PM

I didn't. I only suggested that it may (or may not) work.
Where your bookmarks, cache and history are in Windows? Do you know the path to it? It lives inside a directory, right? So create a symlink to this directory in your ~/.firefox dir same way as you symlinked a files. I don't believe it may work, but if it is post a result here, please.

acid_kewpie 11-25-2004 01:59 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by z-vet
I didn't. I only suggested that it may (or may not) work.
Where your bookmarks, cache and history are in Windows? Do you know the path to it? It lives inside a directory, right? So create a symlink to this directory in your ~/.firefox dir same way as you symlinked a files. I don't believe it may work, but if it is post a result here, please.

i never said you did, the guy that started the thread already has, i was replying to him. ;)

i would personally doubt it's possible to share entire profiles.. too much configuration to go awry i think.

z-vet 11-25-2004 02:18 PM

acid_kewpie, sorry.
Well, if i had windoze it was interesting thing to try. If anyone get it working?

apachedude 11-25-2004 04:07 PM

I did some tinkering around with my Firefox profile. Apparently, all of your extensions options (most?) are stored in prefs.js. Unfortunately, so are stuff like your download directory. Obviously "C:/" and "/home/user" would not be cross compatible, so you cannot specify a download directory (Preferences). I then downloaded my extensions individually. It's worked fine to my purposes, so I haven't tried symlinking the extensions yet.

jsmarshall85 11-25-2004 05:33 PM

ln -s /win/.../firefox/v3ror824.default/bookmarks.html ~/.mozilla/firefox/0b0rq584.default/bookmarks.html

this would only work if you have your windows c drive mounted though, so if windows is on a different pc, could this work? can you mount a drive across a lan? like "mount \\192.168.0.2\share /mnt/share"?

acid_kewpie 11-26-2004 05:00 AM

you can symlink to a samba share yes, as long as you can reference it within a shell, you can link to it.


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