[PC-BSD Testing] Firefox 3 PBI problems

Ian Robinson fitchkendall at gmail.com
Sun Nov 30 18:13:02 PST 2008


I have noticed two problems using the Firefox 3 PBI relating to printing and
YouTube.

I am running PCBSD 7.0.1 i386 on an HP xw8200 (dual Xeon 3.4 GHz) with
nVidia card and printing through an HP LaserJet 4+ via tcp/ip and CUPS.

(1)  Sending a print job from a PBI version of firefox 3 crashes the browser
immediately.

Kris Moore addressed firefox 3 printing problems back in September 2008 with
this solution:

# mv /usr/bin/lpr /usr/bin/lpr.old
# ln -s /usr/local/bin/lpr /usr/bin/lpr

Howver that does not solve the current FF 3.0.3 or FF 3.0.4 downloaded from
a PBI.

The good news is that the printing problem does not exist if you download FF
3.0.4 from ports.


(2) YouTube Problems.

a.  YouTube videos cannot repeat.  Also, any attempt to load a second video
in the same tab or a different tab results in only a gray video box with no
sound or video and a temporary system freeze that makes it impossible to
jump to the other programs (like a terminal window).

You can wait out the freeze or, if you don't want to wait a couple of
minutes, you can jump to a console and kill npviewer.bin to restore
function.  To enable any kind of play again,  you must leave the browser and
restart it.


b.  Another problem involves a problem downloading a YouTube video with the
"YouTube Download Tool"  ( http://www.techcrunch.com/get-youtube-movie/ ).
   To download a video to your computer, enter the YouTube URL for the video
in the box and the video will be downloaded in flv format where you can use
VLC or another compatible player to view it.

This problem is not fixed by installing FF3 from ports.

In contrast, SeaMonkey (from ports) is very well behaved about repeating or
loading additional YouTube videos.  No delay, no freeze, no problem.

Both FF3 and SeaMonkey have the same plug-ins --
npwrapper.libflashplayer.so(Shockwave Flash 9.0 r124) and
xineplugin.so (Xine Plugin version 1.0.2,)

Unfortunately, SeaMonkey does not solve the YouTube Download Tool problem.

Ian Robinson
Salem, Ohio
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