Branch Cut for Mozilla Firebird 0.8

Wednesday December 17th, 2003

A branch has been created for the forthcoming release of Mozilla Firebird 0.8. The branch will allow Firebird 0.8 work to continue without the uncertainty caused by the daily changes made to the main Mozilla development trunk (currently frozen for Mozilla 1.6). However, critical trunk fixes will be merged into the new Firebird 0.8 branch.

Nightly builds from the branch will be available soon. They will feature a new mechanism for handling files served with a text/plain MIME type and new front end for XPInstall (the code used for installing things like extensions). Read Ben Goodger's post to the Firebird General forum for more information about the 0.8 branch.

#32 linux question re helper applications

by peterpiper

Thursday February 19th, 2004 12:20 AM

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I am new to this so please bear with me if this is the wrong place to post this question.

I have just started using the mozilla browser on my linux box at work but it seems there are problems getting it to show simple text files that do not end with a .txt extension. For example some of these text files end with .TAF or .TTF and when I clink on the corresponding link I get the option to use a program to open or save it to disk as the file is of type application/octet-stream (Binary Executable) which it obviously is not.

So when I go to the preferences to try and associate the file type with an application I find that mozilla defaults the file type specified in the helper application setting to lower case. Which in turn means that I no longer get prompted to either download or use a file to open it, I get simlpe get a message that explians there is a problem with the page. So some sort of association has worked but not the right one.

I have looked at Ben Goodger's article listed at the top of the page but this is only for windoze, is there a similar thing for linux ??

thanks in advance, Peter