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bug#43487: icecat store names in user profiles break bundled addons

From: Mark H Weaver
Subject: bug#43487: icecat store names in user profiles break bundled addons
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 13:53:36 -0400

Hi Andreas,

Andreas Enge <andreas@enge.fr> writes:

> On Fri, Sep 18, 2020 at 02:48:34AM -0400, Mark H Weaver wrote:
>> To temporarily fix these problems while retaining most of your user
>> data, one option is to press the "Refresh IceCat…" button in
>> <about:support>.  Choosing this option will reset all your preferences
>> and addons to the IceCat defaults, but allows you to preserve the rest
>> of your data, including your bookmarks, browser history, cookies, saved
>> passwords, and your open tabs.
> thanks for this (very hidden) work-around. I confirm that it has worked
> very well for me.

I'm glad to hear it!

> And I would just like to mention a (not problematic)
> caveat: "reset your addons" also includes removing additional add-ons
> installed by the user.

Yes, thanks for clarifying that point.

>> A proper fix will likely involve modifying the relevant code in IceCat
>> to either avoid storing the full file names in extensions.json, or else
>> to detect them on startup and automatically "refresh" them as needed.
> So refreshing in the above sense should not be done without asking the
> user first.

Agreed.  When I wrote of implementing an "automatic refresh", I meant
something very different and much more limited than what "Refresh
IceCat" in <about:support> does: I meant merely to refresh the embedded
store names in the user profile to be valid again, without modifying any
user customizations.

Additionally, if a bundled extension was not explicitly disabled by the
user, but became nonfunctional due to this bug, I would like the
yet-to-written new code to do what is needed to make it functional
again.  Also, when IceCat is updated, any bundled extensions should be
automatically updated as well.  However, any bundled extensions that the
user explicitly disabled should stay disabled.

Does that make sense?


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