Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Getting Deer Park Alpha 1 extensions

I've finally decided to test Mozilla Deer Park Alpha 1 (Firefox 1.1a1). The browser is really cool. They've changed the icon/logo--this is sometimes confusing. Apart from that, the major problem is incompatibility with existing extensions--which can mostly be solved by bumping targetApplication's maxVersion.

I did bumping for few extensions, but finally decided to search for a bit. Interestingly I found few wonderful resources; the best among is 'Unarmed' of mozillaZine forum's PHP script and his online service. The online bumping service is really great; it gets the URL of the extension and the version to be applied in the GET and gives you the bumped/hacked extension. Many extensions worked well--including the popular Web Developer / Webdeveloper extension ; sadly the HTML Validator extension didn't work even after bumping.

Having heavily inspired by the online bumping service, I have written a bookmarklet to access the service. I think the PHP script can be improved especially to handle redirect with CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION. Anyway, it's a nice idea that PHP is used for repackaging XPI; that is to unpack/unzip the XPI files using PEAR Archive_Zip, fix the maxVersion in install.rdf and then packing/zipping it.




Joel Kitching said...

I believe the icon is just for nightly, alpha and beta builds. So expect the icon to revert to its former self in the final 1.5 version.

R. Rajesh Jeba Anbiah said...

Joel Kitching:

Thanks for the info. Anyway, now I'm used up with Deer Park Alpha icons:)

Jesse said...

Those people at google sure are nasty when it comes to version checks. I've tried every possible way I could find, but still haven't been able to get the new google toolbar working under Deer Park...